Foundation Squads Set For Premier League Kicks Cup 2018
The University of Manchester will play host to the Premier League Kicks Cup on Thursday 12 April, when 89 teams representing 64 professional football clubs will take part in a 6-a-side competition, for the chance to be crowned Premier League Kicks Cup champions.
The event will see two football tournaments take place; an Under 16’s girls and an Under 16’s mixed team competition, which will feature players participating in the match kit of the Premier League, English Football League or National League club they are there representing.
Newcastle United Foundation will be looking to make it a hat trick in the girls’ competition, with our team taking home the gold for the last two years.
The Premier League Kicks Cup is the culmination of a season-long community programme which enables those who traditionally do not participate in organised sporting activities, giving them access to coaching, facilities and equipment.
Premier League Kicks began in 2006 as a pilot project between the Premier League and Metropolitan Police and started with community sessions delivered by four professional football clubs; Brentford, Fulham, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Now in its twelfth year, Premier League Kicks is delivered by 69 professional football clubs and has engaged 245, 845 young people.
The programmes aim was to give young people an opportunity to have fun playing football and to develop their skills and confidence through football with a view to creating safer, stronger, more respectful communities.
Kicks, delivered by Newcastle United Foundayion, takes place at 12 different venues across Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead and Northumberland, engaging almost 2000 young people in football last year.
The Premier League Kicks Cup will also give participants the opportunity to take part in other on-site activities, including a #KicksTricks skills area where participants can take on Football Freestyler Liv Cooke.
Laura Wilson, Community Projects Co-ordinator at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “Our participants look forward to this tournament every year because those players that have really committed to Kicks and their personal development are given the opportuntiy to play against competition from across the country. Our girls team has won for the last two years, with the boys teams reaching the knock out stages so there is a lot to play for this year!’
‘We’re really looking forward to a great day at Manchester and I know both teams will represent Newcastle United brilliantly.”
Nick Perchard, Premier League Head of Community, added: “The Premier League Kicks Cup is an opportunity for young players from across the country to compete against and socialise with participants from similar backgrounds. Kicks is about connecting communities and inspiring people to maximise their potential, so I hope that everyone playing takes that on board, has a great day of football and makes the most of the great activities and opportunities available to them.”
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