Walsall FC Community Programme were pleased to launch their Premier League Kicks Programme on Friday 1st November.
To kick off the initiative, WFCCP staff held a free football festival on the Banks’s Stadium Astro Turf for 11 to 16 year-old boys and girls.
Kicks is one of the Premier League’s flagship community programmes, and using the funding, Walsall FCCP have been able to provide young people in Walsall with a safe place to take part in football and sports sessions.
Walsall FC Community Programme will be running weekly sessions in three Premier League Kicks Hubs, starting from the 6th November (these sessions are run in line with the academic year):
- Wednesdays at Manor Farm Community Association (WS4 1EU) – 8-12 year-olds (5pm – 6pm) and 13-16 year-olds (6pm – 7pm)
- Thursdays at Ryecroft Community Hub (WS3 1TR) – 8-12 year-olds (5pm – 6pm) and 13-16 year-olds (6pm – 7pm)
- Fridays at the Banks’s Stadium (WS1 4SA) – 11-14 year-olds (7pm – 8pm) and 15-18 year-olds (8pm to 9pm)
Martin Manley, Community Manager for Engagement, said: “We were delighted to have so many children join in the football festival to launch our PL Kicks delivery.
“It’s exciting to be involved and hopefully make a big difference to the lives of young people in Walsall.”
Craig Mortiboys, Community Health Manager at leading Midlands landlord, whg, was also at the event to see the impact of the programme.
He added: “It’s great to see the Community Programme engaging with children on local estates using Kicks.
“We’re pleased to see the club using the power of football to change lives in the area.”