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PCC Launches Extended Premier League Kicks Programme

Barry Coppinger with MFC Foundation staff and Kicks participants

PCC with MFC Foundation Staff and Kicks Participants

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger visited the Herlingshaw Centre, South Bank, to celebrate the launch of MFC Foundation’s extended Premier League Kicks programme.

Premier League Kicks is aimed at 8 to 19 year-olds, with the principal aim of “building safer, stronger, more respectful communities through the development of young peoples’ potential”.

MFC Foundation has delivered Kicks for five years, and the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner has now awarded £11,880 of funding to extend that delivery to Pallister Park, Park End and Thorntree Park.

Delivered on weekday evenings by MFC Foundation’s qualified coaches, participants enjoy sport sessions such as dodgeball, table tennis and football, as well as wide variety of music, arts and social workshops.

In addition to providing developmental activities for young people, the programme aims to create a culture of volunteering (particularly for those over 16 years) and act as a catalyst for young people to re-engage in education, employment and training.

In 2014/15 alone, MFC Foundation’s Kicks programme engaged more than 600 young people through 10 projects in the local area. This contributed to a total of more than 50,000 young people engaged nationwide, with 51 Premier League and Football League clubs now involved in the scheme.

Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland said: "I am pleased to be able to support the extension of the MFC Kicks Programme through funding from my Community Safety Initiatives Fund.

“I have had the opportunity to see first hand the excellent work that the Kicks Programme does to engage young people who may otherwise be difficult to invovle in such impactive activities. Activities that not only deter young people from offending behaviour but also are fun, enjoyable and make a difference in the longer term.”

Helena Pinder, Head of Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, said: “MFC Foundation’s Kicks programme has grown dramatically, especially during the last year, and has exceeded all of its growth targets.

“These Kicks sessions are inclusive, diverse and ultimately give participants something they enjoy doing, as we work with them to have a positive impact on the community.

“Thanks to this funding from Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, we’re now going above and beyond what we have already achieved to make a difference in some of Middlesbrough’s toughest wards.”

The PCC Community Safety Initiatives Fund provides money and equipment to help prevent crime in local communities. Full guidance notes can be found by visiting cleveland.pcc.police.uk and clicking the “apply for funding” tab on the home page.


Posted on Monday 28th September 2015
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