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Hamza thriving in Chelsea's PL Kicks family

29 Oct 2019
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Find out more about how the Chelsea Foundation and Premier League programme are helping young people in south London

With the Premier League extending its commitment to Premier League Kicks for the next three years, clubs are sharing how the programme is benefiting their local communities.

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For the last seven years, Hamza has been a PL Kicks participant on the Ashburton Estate in south London.

He used to play with his friends on a patch of grass but jumped at the chance of taking part in organised sessions run by the Chelsea Foundation.

"It gives us the opportunity to be healthy and run around a lot," he says. "Anyone is welcome, different backgrounds, countries and cultures."

Hamza is the eldest of five brothers who attend the programme, which takes place at Ashburton on three evenings every week.

Kicks support

As one of the most regular attendees, Hamza has benefited from support and guidance offered by Chelsea's PL Kicks coaches and is regarded as a role model for other young people.

"They are like a second family to me," he says. "Any problems or any situations that I am in, then I go to them and they help me.

"My ambition in life is to be the best person I can be and help other people like the coaches did for me. I want to do that for other people."

Like many urban areas in England and Wales, the Ashburton Estate has its challenges such as anti-social behaviour.

Chelsea's PL Kicks sessions, which have been running on the estate for more than 10 years, give local young people a safe and friendly environment in which to meet friends and play football.

"The impact that PL Kicks is having on the estate is massive," says Chelsea coach George Knight. "If the young people are here and under our care then we can help them along the way."

Also in this series

Part 1: How Kenzie and Nick are PL Kicks role models
Part 3: How Kicks helped Zaki feel at home with Aston Villa
Part 4: JJ and Fulham breaking down barriers with Kicks
Part 5: Brighton and PL Kicks giving Jaime the confidence to coach

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