Leicester City in the Community

Schemes & Programmes

With inclusive practice and football development running throughout, our key areas of work are education, community engagement and health and wellbeing.


Football Welcomes Community Project

We are working in partnership with local and national partners – Amnesty International UK, Leicester City of Sanctuary, After18 and others to create more welcoming communities for refugees and people seeking asylum in Leicester.

In the last two years, Leicester City in the Community have successfully collaborated to deliver football and other physical activity sessions, which has had a positive impact on people’s overall health and wellbeing.

Over the next three years we are committed to sustaining and increasing these opportunities to support people settle well and rebuild their lives in the city of Leicester.

The project is funded by Amnesty International UK, supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery, and the Premier League Community Fund and Professional Footballers Association.

To find out more email: sarah.jones@lcfc.co.uk

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Football Welcomes
Football Welcomes

Foxes Friday

Developed by LCitC and the Social, Emotional Mental Health Team, and funded by the Premier League, Foxes Friday is a new provision that follows nurturing practices and restorative approaches. 

It provides high structure and high nurture, where adults model positive relationships and children are supported to build positive connections with each other.

It’s an opportunity for children to continue their learning in a different style of provision, which aims to build their emotional literacy, develop social skills, raise self-esteem and promote their learning resilience.

To find out more email: emma.lowry@lcfc.co.uk

Grassroots Football Programme

Our Grassroots Football Programme is focused on supporting, developing and engaging with grassroots football clubs in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Part of the programme is our Grassroots Football Camp Partnership, which is the delivery of football camps during school holidays, in partnership with grassroots football clubs.

Our model is based around a cashback contribution system, where the grassroots club receives a cashback amount for every participant on the camp.

The contribution is then reinvested to develop the grassroots club’s workforce, equipment and facilities. Click here to find out more information on our Football Camps.

Our grassroots programme will also target:

• Coaching CPD
• Matchday Experiences
• Grassroots Roadshow Events

This will be a joint initiative between Leicester City’s Supporter Engagement department and Leicester City in the Community.

To find out more email: michael.gilmore@lcfc.co.uk

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Grassroots Football
Grassroots Football

Our City, Our Children

Our City, Our Children engages children and young people who are living in care within Leicester City and Leicestershire.

Leicester City in the Community works with key partners to identify and support young people currently in the care system.

The programme is funded by the Premier League Community Fund and Professional Footballers’ Association, which is delivered by experienced youth workers.

The programme aims to:
- Improve self-esteem and confidence
- Increase educational attainment (Key Stage 2 to 5)
- Improve independence, employability and life skills (Post-16)
- Provide mentoring, support and signposting
- Foster a sense of belonging through regular participation and social activity

We achieve this by delivering bespoke sessions, tailored to meeting the aims of the programme. Current provision includes youth clubs, half term activity camps, in-school mentoring and post-16 life skills and employability workshops.

To find out more email: emma.lowry@lcfc.co.uk

Premier League Kicks

Premier League's flagship community programme, Kicks is funded by the Premier League Community Fund and delivered, in partnership with Leicestershire Police, across Leicester and Leicestershire.

By engaging youngsters in constructive activities, including a wide variety of sports, coaching, music and educational, as well as personal development sessions - communities up and down the country have been transformed with impressive sports participation rates and reductions of anti-social behaviour.

We work with young people from a range of backgrounds, including those with disabilities, women and girls and refugee and asylum seekers.

Kicks aims 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 (eg 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

To find out more email: ali.adnan@lcfc.co.uk


PL Kicks Programme Launched In Charnwood

Former Foxes star Matt Piper and Leicester City in the Community launched their 2019/20 Premier League Kicks scheme in Charnwood last week.

Schools League

Leicester City in the Community, in partnership with the Leicester & District Schools Football Association, coordinate weekly football fixtures for local primary schools, across four venues within the city.

The 7-a-side league currently allows 61 boys teams and 41 girls teams to compete in fixtures throughout the academic year.

The season culminates in the end of season finals day where we crown the Schools League champions for the year – in 2018/19, the finals were hosted at King Power Stadium.

To find out more email: edward.garnett@lcfc.co.uk

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Schools League
Schools League

Youth Power

Funded by Premier League Community Fund and Professional Footballers Association, Youth Power is developed in partnership with the Leicester City Council Youth Service and Young Leicestershire.

The project enhances current provision in the City by providing an additional eight, two-hour, open access youth sessions per week, across the city over 42 weeks of the year.

It aims to provide safe spaces and positive engagement opportunities for young people via providing a range of activities. Including; sports, cooking, film study, tabletop sports, various tournaments, trips, as well as additional and targeted support as needed.

Youth Power also looks to enhance personal and social developments, as well as health in young people, whilst promoting social cohesion, through ensuring inclusive practices are carried out by our experienced sports coaches, and professional grade JNC youth workers.

To find out more email: dan.mitchinson@lcfc.co.uk


City Science Stars

An extension of the Premier League Primary Stars programme, City Science Stars supports science education in primary schools around Leicester through exciting and engaging workshops.

Working closely with the National Space Centre and the Primary Science Teaching Trust, the City Science Stars workshops have been produced to complement the KS2 science curriculum, with links to sport and exercise, while also helping to strengthen maths, literacy and teamwork skills.

The programme offers opportunities for exploring exciting science topics, with resources that might be unavailable to some primary schools, including a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Trail around King Power Stadium.

To find out more email: alex.evans@lcfc.co.uk

Outdoor Learning

Leicester City in the Community have partnered with the National Forest Company (NFC) to bring the benefits of outdoor learning to schools as part of Defra’s Community Forest and Woodland Outreach Project.

Engaging students through workshops and physical activities, the Outdoor Learning project aims to deliver sessions to primary and SEN schools, that help children to build confidence and self-esteem, benefit their mental health and well-being, support them in re-engaging with school and develop their interest in the environment.

The project, funded by Premier League Community Fund and Professional Footballers Association, will provide children with opportunities to engage with the natural world, such as planting trees and enjoying recreational activities across the National Forest.

To find out more email: emma.lowry@lcfc.co.uk

Premier League Inspires

Premier League’s newest programme, Inspires is a targeted intervention programme delivered in Secondary schools in and around Leicester and Leicestershire. The purpose of the programme is to work with young people who have been identified to be at risk of becoming disengaged.

The Programme, funded by Premier League Community Fund and Professional Footballers Association, provides a range of interventions to engage young people, through one to ones and group work to increase confidence; motivation, aspirations and attendance.

Inspire Coaches work within schools to develop these skills, in both curriculum and extra-curricular sessions.

Inspires aims to:
- Support young people to reach their potential
- Empower young people to overcome potential barriers to education
- Promote positive attitudes towards education
- Re-engage young people with mainstream education
- To provide alternative learning opportunities for young people

To find out more email: amelia.paynter@lcfc.co.uk

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Premier League Primary Stars

Using the appeal of the Premier League and Leicester City Football Club, Primary Stars inspires children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

Available to primary schools across Leicester and Leicestershire, the Premier League Community Fund programme delivers both curriculum and extra-curricular activities, that aim to positively engage and raise young aspirations of girls and boys, aged 5 to 11 years in the classroom, playground and on the sports field.

Teaching resources are developed in partnership with schools and nationally recognised organisations including the National Space Centre and National Literacy Trust.

The programme aims to:
- Develop physical literacy
- Promote lifelong participation in sport
- Support children to reach their full potential
- Provide opportunities for competitive sport
- Offer Continual Professional Development for class teachers

To find out more email: glenn.short@lcfc.co.uk

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Primary Stars
Primary Stars

Work For All  

With the support of Children in Need and LEBC, LCitC have created a bespoke employability programme for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.  

The programme, for 16 – 18 year olds, holds weekly workshops delivered at King Power Stadium on life skills and employability, with the aim for each young person to secure and complete a placement whilst on the programme.

The first cohort will begin in March 2020 and will aim to provide meaningful experiences for young people, to access employment and training opportunities throughout, and on completion of the programme. 

To find out more email: john.olaleye@lcfc.co.uk

Health and Wellbeing:

Match Fit

Match Fit is Leicester City in the Community’s flagship Health and Wellbeing programme funded by the PL/PFA Fund. Focusing on engaging adults 18+, it aims to empower all communities to lead physically active, healthy lifestyles, whilst promoting positive wellbeing. 

Match Fit looks to combat both local and national health inequalities through providing regular opportunities for the most inactive residents, to lead healthier lifestyles within the city and surrounding areas. 

The social and wellbeing benefits of taking part in regular exercise is well documented, and the Match Fit programme ensure all sessions are welcoming and provide a positive environment for all taking part working in partnership with Leicester City Council, Leicester Changing Diabetes, Leicester University and Active Charnwood.

Weekly sessions on offer include, walking football for 50+, back to football sessions for 35+, walk and talk groups, weight loss leagues and healthy lifestyle courses, to encourage adults of all ages individuals to take control of their own health and improve their overall quality of life.

To find out more email: matt.bray@lcfc.co.uk

The following health projects come under the Match Fit Programme…


The goal of EuroFIT is to harness the ‘love of the game’ to engage football fans in health-promoting lifestyle changes through their loyalty and attachment to Leicester City.

The 12-week programme, developed by healthy Stadia, engages men through their connection with football, to make sustainable improvements in their diet, activity, and physical fitness.

To find out more email: matt.bray@lcfc.co.uk

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Prison Twinning Project

HMP Stocken have been working in partnership with Leicester City in the Community to provide positive educational and lifestyle messages to inmates by using the power of football to reduce offending. 

A member of LCitC will deliver weekly sessions around Football Leadership to inmate to support with rehabilitation through sport and education. 

This relationship has developed on the back of the national Twinning Project, led by David Dein, involving professional football clubs and their local prison.

To find out more email: adam.martin@lcfc.co.uk

Street Soccer Academy

Run by The Street Soccer Foundation – in partnership with LCitC - the Street Soccer Academy is a 10-week personal development programme providing a combination of professional football coaching, mindset training, and skills & employability workshops: a specially crafted ‘hat-trick’ to help participants improve confidence, self-belief, resilience and attitude – as well as general health & wellbeing and the opportunity to develop a growth mindset for future success. 

The Street Soccer Foundation is an award-winning charity operating nationwide throughout England using football as an effective catalyst to help improve the lives of young people across the country. 

Aimed at young people between 18-25, the Street Soccer Academy further supports young people to be able to move into work, education or further training following successful programme completion.

To find out more email: adam.martin@lcfc.co.uk

Then, Now and Forever

Generally focused around older Leicester City supporters, Then, Now & Forever is a partnership programme involving Leicester City in the Community, LCFC Supporter Engagement Department, Leicester Ageing Better, and De Montfort University’s International Centre for Sports History and Culture.

Formally known as Football Memories, the programme will deliver stadium-based events, community-based workshops and café-style socialising sessions to engage with our participants.

We work with Leicester Ageing Together, and the Alzheimer Society to target participants who will benefit the most from the programme, which is funded byPremier League Community Fund and Professional Footballers Association.

Community-based workshops take place across Leicestershire during the season, utilising venues such as; care homes, community centres, libraries and local theatres.

To find out more email: david.eassom@lcfc.co.uk

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Then, Now & Forever boat ride
Then, Now & Forever boat ride

Walking Football

A slower version of the beautiful game, our Walking Football sessions are aimed at male and female participants aged 50 + and is one of the biggest growth areas of the sport.

The sessions provide older participants with the opportunity to keep active and socialise in a friendly environment - we also aim to support walking football across Leicestershire, by hosting festivals and further opportunities during 2019.

To find out more email: david.eassom@lcfc.co.uk

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Walking Football
Walking Football

United Leicester

A new pilot project funded by the Premier League Community and Professional Footballers Association Fund, United Leicester aims to improve children’s health and lifestyle using sport.

Players and coaches from four of Leicester’s professional sporting clubs are on hand to get the children active and highlight the positive benefit of a healthy lifestyle.

The unique project will benefit from the strengths and expertise of Leicester City in the Community, Leicester Tigers Foundation, Leicester Riders Foundation and Leicestershire County Cricket Club in the Community - as well as being supported by Leicester Hockey - delivering the 30-week programme to pupils in both Hazel and Taylor Road Primary Schools.

Childhood physical inactivity and obesity are present in higher levels in the city of Leicester compared to other parts of the UK.

United Leicester brings together Leicester’s professional sports clubs, augmented by Leicester City Council and academic (University of Leicester) and clinical (Leicester Diabetes Centre at Leicester General Hospital) partners to develop, deliver and evaluate a school-based healthy lifestyles programme.

It supports Leicester City Council’s Active Leicester aim of getting 20,000 people more active and the long-term goal of Cities Changing Diabetes of reducing levels urban type 2 diabetes.

To find out more email: matt.bray@lcfc.co.uk

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United Leicester
United Leicester


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