Premier League Kicks
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Premier League Kicks (PL Kicks) is one of the Premier League's flagship community programmes.
PL Kicks, which started in 2006 and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, has a long history of using the power of football and the value of sports participation to help hard-to-reach youngsters in some of the most high-need areas.
By engaging youngsters in constructive activities, including a wide variety of sports, music, education and personal development sessions, communities up and down the country have been transformed with impressive sports participation rates.
The authorities have since reported up to 50 per cent reductions in anti-social behaviour in the areas in which it is delivered. In the 2014/15 season alone, over 50,000 young people took part in the programme.
180,229 young people have taken part in the PL Kicks programme since it started in 2006.
The scheme has also enabled thousands of youngsters to find routes into education, training and employment with volunteering being a key component.
As part of the 10-year anniversary celebrations, each of the professional clubs running PL Kicks sessions were asked to nominate a 'PL Kicks Hero' - someone who has taken part in, volunteered on the programme and who has inspired others through their dedication, work ethic and own personal development.
Marriam Rawel, who dreams of playing in the Women’s Super League, was 11 when she attended her first PL Kicks session at Spinney Hills Park three years ago. Her natural talent and love for football shone through during professional coaching at Kicks. Marriam, above, was the Club's choice in May 2017.
The programme was formerly branded Kickz and began as a pilot project in London between the Premier League and the Metropolitan Police in 2006, with a vision to "build safer, stronger, more respectful communities through the development of young peoples' potential."
Its aim is to use football to bring communities together and engage with young people, getting to youngsters who had previously proven difficult to reach and guiding them towards a range of healthy and constructive activities.
Premier League Girls
Delivered in partnership with the Football Association, Premier League Girls (PL Girls) aims to provide opportunities for females aged 11-years-old and over to take part in sport in a local community setting.
From the start of the 2016/17 season, the programme was being delivered by almost 90 professional clubs who provide a wide variety of sessions aimed at different audiences. Nearly 9,000 girls have been engaged in the PL Girls programme since August 2015.
Clubs deliver innovative sessions, such as glow in the dark football, to emphasise the fun and the social element of 'soccercise' that uses football as a way to keep fit.
For partcipants who want to progress in the game, clubs create pathways with local community clubs to provide long-term participation opportunities, whilst many clubs also deliver elements of the female talent pathway.
The programme has two main objectives: to increase the number of women and girls playing football and to the widen the sport's reach to provide a fun and informal environment for them progress at their own pace.
PL/BT Disability Fund
The PL/BT Disability Fund was a new national programme for the 2016/17 season.
The programme is delivered by 22 clubs and seeks to create possibilities for disabled people through sport, helping to remove the barriers that render people with disabilities half as likely to participate in sport as people without disabilities.
The LCFC Community Trust has a designated Inclusion Manager and Disability Officer whose roles involve working with local organisations to provide new sporting activity specifically for disabled people.
In addition, the LCFC Community Trust are seeking to make their existing programmes as inclusive as possible so that people with disabilities can take part in a wider range of activities.
For example, clubs will be able to support disabled participants to access education and employability programmes helping to inspire ambition.
This programme will build on the outstanding work all of the Premier League clubs are already doing in this area and build a sustainable long-term infrastructure to ensure equality of opportunities.
The PL/BT Disability Fund is part funded by BT and the BT Supporters Club who, as well as investing financially, will be providing on-the-ground support for the delivery of the programme through staff volunteering opportunities.
Through this partnership, supporters will be able to see films of the clubs’ work shown by BT Sport on match days throughout the next three seasons.
Premier League Works
This programme is a partnership with the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) and the Prince's Trust with an aim of helping young people get on the path back into education and employment.
Premier League Works (PL Works) uses the power of football clubs and the Premier League to engage young people who are not involved in education, training or employment.
The programme provides young people with support to develop their personal and social skills, giving them the confidence and the experience they need to make a positive transition back into education and gain meaningful employment.
A total of 26 clubs work with local partners such as Job Centre Plus and local referral agencies to ensure that young people with the highest need access the programme.
Working with small groups, City provide intensive one-to-one and group work projects which focuses on each individual’s needs.
People on the programme are given the opportunity to undertake a qualification and take up a work placement, whilst a community action project helps them to develop fundamental skills such as team-work and communication.
Clubs have been delivering in this area for a number of years and having a great impact.
Premier League Primary Stars
In coordination with the National Literacy Trust and Premier League Primary Stars initiative, Leicester City regularly offers literacy classes across the region and invited children to attend a special reading session.
For example, dressed as their favourite book characters, pupils from across Leicestershire got the opportunity to meet Filbert Fox on World Book Day in 2017.
Also benefiting from a poetry workshop by Mike Markham, from Word Wise, the children were then given a commentary of the Foxes’ 133-year history by Club Historian John Hutchinson with a range of precious artefacts dating back to the 1800s.
The pupils were given a visual demonstration of how the written word has helped journalists and writers tell the story of football over the years with a host of replica shirts and memorabilia proving popular after the Club's greatest-ever season during the 2015/16 campaign.
Premier League Enterprise
Premier League Enterprise (PL Enterprise) is joint-funded by the Premier League and Sport Relief and uses the backdrop of professional football clubs' business models to deliver enterprise education to inspire young people and increase their aspirations and skills.
One element of the programme is an annual national competition, the Premier League Enterprise Challenge, which has been running since 2009 and involved over 11,000 young people to date.
The PL Enterprise Challenge gives young people of secondary school age the chance to work with their local professional football clubs on an actual football business challenge set by Premier League's Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore.
The 2016/17 PL Enterprise Challenge was targeted at schools and alternative education establishments and young people. The programme focuses on engaging marginalised young people, identified as underachieving or at risk of not reaching their full potential.