Newcastle United Foundation Hosts National PL Kicks Tournament
Newcastle United Foundation hosted a Premier League Kicks tournament last week, bringing together teams from across England and Scotland involved in the Kicks project.
Ten teams were in attendance on the day, including Partick Thistle, Manchester City, and of course Newcastle United.
The teams were made up of players involved in the nationwide PL Kicks initiative, and had shown progress in areas such as behaviour and engagement with the project.
After a morning of highly competitive matches, it was Derby and Doncaster who advanced to the final. It was an incredibly tight affair, eventually going to the lottery of a penalty shootout – and it was Doncaster who eventually won the day and took home the trophy!
The day wasn’t all about football though. The players took a break from competition to listen to a talk by Paul Hannaford. A former gang member, Paul ran a session highlighting the dangers of drugs, gangs, and violent crime.
Laura Wilson, Kicks Project Coordinator at Newcastle United Foundation said: “It’s been a fantastic tournament – it’s a great way to reward all the players who have really put in the effort this year.
“To have so many teams here from all over the country, it really highlights the impact of the Kicks project on so many young people.
“I want to say a big thank you to all the teams who played in the tournament, and especially to Paul Hannaford for coming along and inspiring the players onto bigger and better things!”
PL Kicks helps young people achieve their goals through football. The aim is to engage young people in constructive activities, increase playing and coaching opportunities, break down barriers between the police and young people and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
Backed by the Premier League and Sport England, Kicks takes place at 12 different venues across Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead and Northumberland, engaging almost 2000 young people in football last year.
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