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'PL Kicks Cup is life-changing for young people'

28 Jul 2022

Coaches and participants explain how the Premier League community programme has made an impact on them

The recent Premier League Kicks Cup not only gave young people the chance to showcase their footballing skills, it also highlighted how the programme has helped them grow and develop.

Almost 1,000 young people, from more than 70 Premier League, English Football League and National League clubs, came together in Nottingham for three days of competition, music and workshops.

"I picked a fantastic group of kids from our area to come and attend this," said Bolton Wanderers Community Trust engagement officer Geoff Williams.

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"I have seen the change in them and I am very proud of them. Regardless of results, they are here, they have achieved something by becoming brilliant young people. They are going places.

"I love the initiatives the Premier League give to young people. To come to venues like this, it's absolutely life-changing."

Community impact

PL Kicks is the Premier League's longest-running community programme, which celebrated its 15th anniversary earlier this year.

It is delivered across England and Wales by 90 Premier League, EFL and National League clubs and through football, workshops and mentoring, provides opportunities to young people who may face barriers in their everyday lives.

To date, more than 440,000 young people have participated in PL Kicks.

"I've changed a lot," said one PL Kicks Cup participant, who was representing Swindon Town. "Mostly, I stayed at home and did nothing.

"Coming to PL Kicks, I started to play loads of football and now I tell everyone to come along."

Also in this series

Part 1: 'Premier League Kicks is bringing people together'
Part 2: How PL Kicks Cup gives young people the chance to shine
Part 3: PL Kicks inspiring girls to play the game they love
Part 5: 'PL Kicks shows that anyone can play football'

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