Argyle Community Trust is pleased to announce that they have launched their new Kicks Academy, bringing together the projects most promising players from across the city. The new Academy, which is made up of 12 budding young players, is in training to go and tackle some of the biggest Premier Leagues clubs projects next February.
Kicks is a social inclusion project delivered across Plymouth, targeting areas of high rates of social deprivation, crime and anti-social behaviour. Kicks, first delivered in 2008 is now into its sixth year of successful delivery and has engaged with over 1000 young people to date. Kicks is currently delivered in Honicknowle, North Prospect and Whitleigh, working in partnership with Neighbourhood Police Teams and Plymouth Youth Service.
The Academy has been set up to reward participants who regularly attend and make positive contributions towards their individual projects. Delivered at Manadon Astro-turf, the players are put through their paces with a number of physical, technical and tactical practices. All training sessions are geared towards making the players better, more confident footballers, as well as preparing for some big matches in the New Year.
Social Inclusion Manager Dwain Morgan states “The 12 players I am working with at the moment have shown an unbelievable work rate at each session and are beginning to look like a really strong team. This project is a great way to reward those for their effort and achievements at each session, giving them a chance to enjoy the benefits of representing their local professional club. The squad is made up of players from all different communities, who do not normally come together and socialise. This squad is about breaking down boundaries socially, as much as it is progressing as a player.”
Each player has earned a 12 week placement within the squad and has been rewarded with Argyle training kit. Each player has now been challenged to retain their academy status by continuing to work hard at sessions, make volunteering contributions, as well as stay out of trouble in their local community.
For more information about Kicks and how to become involved, please contact Dwain Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01752 562561ext4