RUCST to deliver Premier League “Kicks” project
Rotherham United Community Sports Trust have been selected to deliver the Premier League “Kicks” Project in their local community.
The vision is to build safer, stronger, more respectful communities, which RUCST aim to do through the development of young peoples’ potential, accessing young people who had previously proven difficult to reach and guiding them towards a range of healthy and constructive activities.
The growth of Kicks has been phenomenal and today 42 Premier League and Football League clubs run a combined 112 projects across England, with 45,000 kids engaged in their local community in just one year and 85,000 personal outcomes achieved overall, including 5,500 educational qualifications.
Mark Cummins (Community Manager) said “It’s a fantastic programme which enables us to target young people who wouldn’t normally be engaged in our provision, not only making a difference to individuals but to their local community as a whole by providing different opportunities, A key objective is to break down barriers between police and young people and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the targeted areas.
All of our diversionary work will fall under the Premier League Banner, it’s a great achievement for a Championship club and shows the strength or the work we deliver. Being associated with the Premier League will increase publicity and have greater impact to Rotherham as a whole”
One of the main aims of Kicks is to encourage volunteering and create routes into education, training and employment. More than 4,200 young people have volunteered at projects, with over 1,000 football-specific qualifications/accreditations achieved in the process.
Nick Perchard – Acting Head of Community Development at the Premier League said “We’re delighted to welcome Rotherham United to the Premier League Kicks programme. Premier League Kicks is now being delivered by 56 professional clubs across England and Wales helping to engage young people in positive activity. The Premier League and Sport England are committed to using the power of the clubs to attract people and help them achieve their potential whilst also instilling a lifelong love of sport. We are positive that the people of Rotherham will benefit greatly from the new activity being delivered by Rotherham United’s Community Sports Trust.” If you would like to find out more information regarding the “Kicks” project, please contact our Community Manager:
Mark Cummins Email: firstname.lastname@example.org office: 01709827767 Work mobile: 07852494945