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Brighton and PL Kicks giving Jaime the confidence to coach

7 Nov 2019
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How the Premier League and Albion in the Community have allowed one young person the opportunity to help others

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.

Brighton & Hove Albion

An important element of Premier League Kicks is the opportunity it gives young people to find a route into education and employment.

Around 20 per cent of the Kicks workforce are young people who have come through the programme and are now acting as mentors to a new generation of participants.

One of those coaches is Jaime Quinn from Brighton, who joined in with PL Kicks sessions run by Brighton & Hove Albion's Albion in the Community at the Manor Gym in 2014.

"I had an interest in football but the boys wouldn't let me play it in school," she says. "Having something to go to after school and then being welcomed by it was nice."

Initially, Jaime was lacking in confidence but with support and guidance from Kicks coaches, she started to develop an interest in coaching.

Two years ago she began volunteering and now plays her part in encouraging females to take up the game as a coach on girls Kicks sessions.

"I like coaching and it makes me feel good about myself," she says. "It makes me feel like I'm giving back to people in the best way that I know how to.

"Kicks is like a second family to me. The programme has taught me to stand up for myself and that if I want something, I have the ability to go and get it."

Also in this series

Part 1: How Kenzie and Nick are PL Kicks role models
Part 2: Hamza thriving in Chelsea's PL Kicks family
Part 3: How Kicks helped Zaki feel at home with Aston Villa
Part 4: JJ and Fulham breaking down barriers with Kicks

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