This week, The Premier League is celebrating the incredible impact of football clubs in their local communities as the Premier League Charitable Fund marks its 10-year anniversary.
The Premier League provides investment and long-term support to help clubs create lasting change within communities.
The Premier League Charitable Fund was established 10 years ago to distribute funding provided by the Premier League to clubs across the entire football pyramid to support those clubs in their delivery of community programmes. In those 10 years, 110 professional football clubs from the Premier League to the National League have been working in their communities to engage those that need the greatest support, provide positive pathways and support mental and physical wellbeing.
Millions of people across England and Wales have benefited from football clubs’ provision of inclusive programmes, which address important issues and increase sporting, educational and employment opportunities.
This is why we at RUCST would like to congratulate our PL Kicks participant Harry Davies for being a shining example of what young people can achieve and one of our previous PL Kicks facilitators, Terri Harper for inspiring and supporting young girls through PL Kicks boxing sessions.
Harry is a young man with disabilities including a condition called microcephaly. When we first came in to contact with Harry he was very shy and reserved and struggled to leave mums side. Fast forward to the present moment and before Covid he was attending almost all of our PL Kicks sessions! During the 1st lock down he also attended restricted sessions. He has developed into a confident young man that has made significant friends on the programme and is seen by staff and peers as a role model to all young people.
He has also recently started volunteering on our Saturday morning ability counts sessions and before lock down was our disability representative on our Youth Forum. Last year Harry also attended a weekend residential which his mum states he wouldn’t have dreamed of doing if it wasn’t for the confidence he has gained through PL Kicks!
Terri Harper is the current WBO champion of the world. She got involved in PL kicks in 2019 (before this title) and led boxing sessions for girls aged 11-16 from The New York Stadium.
Terri inspired girls to believe in their ability and used her own personal journey to inspire everyone who attended. At Christmas she supplied all the girls with individual hand wraps and wrote them all a personalised Christmas card. Some of the girls went on to go watch her win the IBO and WBC titles.
We received amazing feedback from both participants and parents about her professionalism and conduct. At just 24 years old she is definitely a woman of the community and although due to her work commitments she no longer facilitates for us we feel she deserves the recognition for the impact she made in 2019.
Thank you for your fantastic work, dedication and inspiration. We look forward to having you on board in 2021.