Monday 01 April 2013
The 2013 Kickz Awards ceremony takes place at Stamford Bridge in London on Tuesday to celebrate the work of the Premier League’s flagship community project over the last 12 months.
The glittering event honours all the participants, staff and volunteers that are helping to turn people's lives around in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the community.
There are a total of 12 categories on offer and you can click here to discover the full list of nominees. Here, we look at the prestigious 'Outstanding Kickz Delivery' award, and some of the work that is being delivered by the six nominated clubs.
Winners of the Outstanding Kickz Club award in Manchester last year, the Wolves Community Trust are nominated again after a successful year of Kickz delivery. The Foundation has been running the initiative since September 2010 and currently run two projects, in Whitmore Reans and Bilston. Over 1100 young people have attended the two schemes since September last year with 124 new participants registering on the projects.
Wolves Kickz deliver a variety of activities, 59 in total over the two schemes, such as futsal, street dance and golf while they run a Job Club every week to help 16-19 year-olds develop skills such as writing CVs and job applications. Six young people have completed their Football Association Coaching Futsal Qualification while 18 staff and volunteers are now qualified to provide Street20 Cricket sessions.
It was also a special year for Wolves Community Trust Inclusion Coach Jessica Purchase, who won 'Volunteer of the Year' at the Black Country Sport and Physical Activity Awards for her commitment and work for Wolves Kickz.
Blackpool Kickz project is one of the newest of the clubs involved in the programme and last week they won the 'Reducing Crime and Violence in Blackpool' Award at the Fairshare Trust Awards.
Blackpool run two projects at Sports Barn and Revoe and have had 242 young people attending sessions since September. The scheme has delivered a broad range of projects, such as work experience at the club's Community Trust, a tour of the local police station and alcohol awareness sessions, and there have been regular football matches between the two centres. Five young people have also embarked on Lancashire FA referee courses and are now officiating local matches while there have also been career workshops to help with interview techniques and CV writing.
One of the major projects of the last year involved the restoration of the Sports Barn facility, which was covered in graffiti and needed to be spruced up. With the help of Blackpool Council, the youngsters painted the walls themselves and the refurbishment work has been praised by local residents.
Now with four Kickz programmes across the city, the Newcastle United Foundation scheme has engaged 272 young people since September last year with an aggregate total of 6,337 hours of session delivery at the Westgate, Blakelaw, North Shields and East End projects.
Their Under-18 girls team won their section at the 2012 Kickz Cup and as well as enjoying a day at the Nike Academy at Loughborough, they were invited to take part in a presentation on the St James’ Park pitch with midfielder Gael Bigiramana. Sports such as basketball, judo, rugby and badminton have also been on offer while a football tournament was held with Northumbria Police. There have been workshops on sexual health and drugs and alcohol as well as emergency aid sessions.
One of the highlights of the past year was a team-building day involving 12 young people at a white water rafting centre. The participants not only had to display team work and togetherness to get around the various courses, they also had to arrange everything to do with the activity day, such as booking the venue and completing all the required paperwork.
The club have been involved in the Kickz scheme since 2007 and the project has been highlighted by Hampshire Police as part of their crime control strategy for the town. 2012 has been a successful year both on and off the pitch as the youngsters have excelled in a variety of activities.
Together with Southampton and Brighton Kickz programmes, Portsmouth hosted an under-14 six-a-side Fair Play Tournament to build stronger relationships between the clubs. The event included tennis taster sessions for the people taking part. There was also an under-18s match at Southampton Kickz with the players attending an alcohol awareness workshop as part of the event while there was a tournament for men aged 15-19 that involved local police and fire and rescue staff.
The project offers the chance to earn a host of qualifications such as first aid, boxing and tennis while 14 regular participants took part in the National Citizen Service programme and 29 young people attended a Network Rail course to highlight the dangers of the railways.
Running three projects in Wembley, Harlesden and Hayes, QPR’s Community Trust has engaged a total of 551 young people since September last year.
As well as the football sessions, QPR run multi-sports activities including basketball and table-tennis as well as street-dance events and girls-only football nights.
QPR Kickz put on workshops to highlight the dangers of drugs, knife crime and getting involved in gangs and last May the Harlesden project received a special visit from delegates from some of Europe's leading clubs while one of these workshops was taking place. The policy makers, from the likes of PSV Eindhoven and Bayer Leverkusen, were in London for a Community Outreach Seminar and were given a tour of some of the Premier League's Creating Chances programmes.
The club deliver two Kickz projects and the impact the programme has in the local community is highlighted by the recognition given to participant Leah Beale. With the help of the initiative, Leah has turned her life around and won the Inspiring Young Person of the Year Award at the 2012 Kickz Awards and recently she picked up the Pride of Reading Young Person of the Year Award.
Reading’s projects have received widespread media coverage. For example, a pioneering scheme to help to reduce re-offending rates of prisoners was visited by two first-team players and the club’s chief executive and was featured on Match of the Day.
The project offers activities such as American pool, dodge ball, boxercise, music and arts projects while Reading Kickz run workshops and qualifications on subjects such as hair and beauty, FA Junior Football Leaders, football coaching and personal safety. There is also a busy summer programme, including paintballing, gym sessions, and a theatre trip and last year 37 young people completed Youth Achievement Awards.