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PL Kicks and Huddersfield offering paths to success

7 Mar 2019
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How Huddersfield Town Foundation and Premier League programme inspired one youngster to be a coach and role model

For the last 12 months, Huddersfield Town Foundation have been using Premier League Kicks to inspire young people in the local area.

One of those people is coach Chris Mukenge, who arrived from the Democratic Republic of Congo when he was only six.

Mukenge and his seven siblings were brought up by his mum after his father passed away.

Many of his peers in the Kirklees area of west Yorkshire, where Huddersfield is located, were known by local authorities for their anti-social behaviour.

"I never used to smile as I had nothing to be happy about," he says.

Keen to help

He got heavily involved in football and was keen to help other young people.

Premier League Kicks and Huddersfield Town Foundation presented him with the opportunity and he became a volunteer last year.

He has developed quickly and, with the support of the Foundation, has got his FA Level 1 coaching badge and a Level 2 Activity Leadership apprenticeship.

Being a positive figure

"Giving up time to give courage and create a pathway for the young people of my community is not a chore," Mukenge says. "I relish being a positive figure in many young people's lives."

Mukenge was on hand to show how PL Kicks has helped him and others when Huddersfield Town striker Karlan Grant came to see the programme in action along with BBC Match of the Day Community.

"Kicks has allowed me to support young people from deprived backgrounds and to give them a platform to express their emotions as well as their abilities and remove negative labels that are stereotyped to many young people within Kirklees," he says.

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