Premier League Kicks
Premier League Kicks uses the power of football and sport to inspire young people to reach their potential.
The programme creates opportunities for young people who are at risk of anti-social behaviour, youth violence and/or from high-need areas to regularly engage in football, sport, mentoring and personal development opportunities.
Launched in 2006 as a collaboration between the Premier League and the Metropolitan Police to create safer and more inclusive communities, Premier League Kicks celebrated its 15-year anniversary in Season 2021/22.
Over the past 15 years, Premier League Kicks has had a significant impact on people and places.
Today, 89 clubs across the Premier League, English Football League and National League work with 36 police forces to provide young people with access to free weekly football sessions and education workshops in safe and supportive community environments.
More than half a million young people have benefited to date.
As part of an inclusive approach, the programme has increased its focus on engaging girls and disabled young people.
Around 20% of those working for clubs on the Premier League Kicks projects are former participants, providing young people with role models from whom they can learn and aspire to emulate.
Former Premier League Kicks participants include Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Declan Rice and Wilfried Zaha.
Premier League Kicks objectives
Through Premier League Kicks, the Premier League and professional football clubs will:
- offer more opportunities to play, coach, and officiate
- enhance physical and mental wellbeing
- create a culture of volunteering, social action, and positive role models
- work with young people to reduce violent behaviour and develop pro-social attitudes and skills
- provide pathways into education, training, and employment
- Over 1 million hours of free Premier League Kicks sessions since its inception engaging more than 520,000 participants
- This season, 89 professional football clubs across the Premier League, EFL and National League are supported to run weekly sessions, to help young people achieve their potential
- 38 per cent attendees are from ethnically diverse communities and 25 per cent female
- 4,900+ delivery venues across England and Wales; more than half of these venues are located in deprived neighbourhoods
- 21,000+ volunteers, with 20 per cent of workforce former participants
- Working with 36 police forces across England and Wales
- Premier League has invested more than £66 million into the programme through the Premier League Charitable Fund