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Free football on offer for youngsters with Football in the Community

18 November 2019

Mansfield Town Football in the Community has joined forces with the Premier League to offer youngsters in secondary school FREE football sessions each week, as part of Premier League Kicks.

PL Kicks started in 2006 and has a long history of using the power of football and the value of sports participation to help youngsters in some of the most high-need areas.

By engaging young people in constructive activities, including a wide variety of sports, coaching, music and educational and personal development sessions, communities up and down the country have been transformed with impressive football and sports participation rates, with local authorities reporting significant reductions in anti-social behaviour in the areas in which it is delivered.

Here in Mansfield, Football in the Community are currently running two sessions a week (more coming soon!) where youngsters can come along to a safe and secure environment to enjoy FREE football and meet new people.

Mondays 5-6pm

River Maun Recreation Centre

School Years 6, 7 & 8

Friday 6-7pm

One Call Stadium

School Years 9, 10 & 11

Mansfield Town Football in the Community's PL Kicks coordinator Amy Page said: “Kicks is a fantastic way for young people to develop and grow through the power of football in a safe and secure environment without the impact of any cost to parents/guardians.

“Games consoles are a huge draw for youngsters now which means a lot of the time they miss out on the social element of growing up, whilst the growing concerns over issues such as knife crime can often act as a barrier to youngsters playing outside.

“Kicks sessions are designed to combat all of those factors with safe and secure venues, fun and engaging activities – working with organisations such as the police and the council to tackle key issues through workshops across the area.”

With a mission statement to use the reach and appeal of the Premier League and network of professional football clubs to regularly engage children and young people of all backgrounds and abilities in football, sport and personal development – providing a trusted, positive influence in high-need areas across England and Wales.

PL Kicks' stated aims are to:

  • Increase playing, coaching and officiating opportunities in football and a range of sports (8-18yrs)
  • Enhance physical and mental wellbeing, including self-esteem, ambition and social skills
  • Strengthen communities with a culture of volunteering, social action and positive role models – supporting education, training and employment pathways (focusing on 16-25yrs)
  • Work in partnership with young people, the police and other stakeholders to support the younger generation with the societal challenges they face (e.g. youth violence) and to improve community safety
  • Inspire young people to develop positive, supportive relationships with one another and the authorities
  • Promote integration and champion equality, diversity and inclusion

Kicks is open to boys and girls with a range of sessions for all, for further details contact PL Kicks coordinator Amy Page on 01623 656 920 or email amy.page@mansfieldtownfitc.net – to register your interest in a kicks session visit www.tinyurl.com/FITCKICKS    


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