Watford and Swansea triumph at PL Kicks Cup

9 Apr 2019
Watford celebrate winning the 2019 PL Kicks Cup

Young people come together at the University of Warwick to celebrate the work of Premier League programme

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There were two dramatic endings as this year's Premier League Kicks Cup culminated in thrilling penalty shootouts at the University of Warwick.

The latest edition of the competition had more than 700 young people representing 65 professional football clubs coming together to play football and form friendships.

And after a competitive day of action, both the girls and mixed tournaments had tense finales.

Watford won the mixed event for the first time as they edged past Crystal Palace on penalties in the final, an impressive result considering the team had only met for the first time on the morning of the competition.

Swansea City lifted the girls tournament trophy after making up for losing last year's final by beating Barnet on penalties.

As well as the action on the pitch, there were plenty of other activities for the young people to take part in.

PL Kicks Cup, University of Warwick
The PL Kicks participants could try their hand at playing amputee football, visually impaired football and sitting volleyball

Liv Cooke was on hand to show the skills that led to her claiming the Freestyle Football World title and encouraged other players to join in.

The PL Kicks Cup celebrates the work carried out by the PL Kicks programme in local communities across England and Wales all year long.

The programme is not just about football. It gives young people a safe place to play and aims to inspire young people to develop their potential.

PL Kicks began in 2006 and is now run by 69 professional football clubs. Kicks aims to inspire children and young people to develop their potential, enhance their wellbeing and positively impact their communities to be safer, stronger and more inclusive.

PL Kicks Cup, University of Warwick
More than 75,000 young people have taken part in the Premier League Kicks programme over the past year
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Part 1: PL Kicks Cup making dreams come true
Part 2: How Fulham are inspiring young people in London
Part 4: In pictures: PL Kicks Cup 2019
Part 5: Team spirit key to Swansea's Kicks success

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