NUFC Girls Crowned Premier League Kicks Cup Champions
Newcastle United’s Kicks under 16 girls are bringing the Kicks Cup to Tyneside after being crowned champions of the 2015 Premier League Kicks Cup.
The girls were among 600 young people from 46 Premier League and Football League clubs who deliver the Kicks programme, as they descended on Jeffrey Humble Playing Fields in Fazakerley, Liverpool to take part in the tournament on Thursday 28th May.
46 Under-16 mixed teams and 24 Under-16 girls’ teams, had the chance to represent their clubs and local communities and competed for the right to become 2015 PL Kicks champions.
The girls played eight games in total, winning four, drawing three and drawing the final, resulting in beating Swansea on penalties.
Newcastle United Foundation also sent a boys team to play in the Under 16 mixed tournament, beating Brighton, Man City and drawing against Portsmouth to progress to the winner’s groups.
United’s side went on to beat local rivals, Sunderland to reach the final, but despite their valiant efforts, they narrowly missed out on victory with a 1-0 defeat to West Ham.
The Hammers retain the Kicks Cup and lifted the trophy in the Under-16s’ category, while in the Under-16 girls will be celebrating their achievements as they travel back to Newcastle.
Laura Wilson, Project Coordinator said:
“We are incredibly proud of what our Newcastle United Kicks teams have achieved today.
“Both teams deserved to reach the finals, and huge congratulations to the girls for winning the tournament!
“The Kicks boys showed huge improvement from last year’s Cup, and even thought they just missed out on being champions, they certainly did Newcastle United proud.”
Premier League Kicks originated from the Kickz programme, a partnership between the Premier League and the Metropolitan Police that started in 2006 to use the power of football to build safer, stronger communities.
Over the past year, the programme which is funded by the Premier League and Sport England, engaged 40,854 young people, who attended in total more than 600,000 times. Of the 780 venues used for Kicks, more than 25% were located in the top 10% most deprived areas in the country and 73% were in the top 30% most deprived areas.
For more information about Newcastle United’s Kicks project, contact Laura Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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