Celebrating 15 Years of Premier League Kicks through PL Social Action Campaign
Trust’s PL Kicks participants fundraise for ACAA as part of the PL Social Action campaign
The Premier League is celebrating 15 years of its flagship community programme. Premier League Kicks has supported hundreds of thousands of young people to achieve their potential and improve their wellbeing through free weekly football sessions and educational workshops.
One person who has benefitted from their involvement is our coaching staff member Shaun Preddie, who has been named our Premier League Kicks “Local Legend”, as part of the programme’s 15-year anniversary.
Premier League Kicks began in the 2006/07 season in partnership with the Metropolitan Police, with the aim of involving and supporting young people in regular, positive, and fun activity, whilst helping to create stronger, safer, more inclusive communities.
As part of the 15-year celebrations, clubs have nominated a Premier League Kicks ‘Local Legend’ – somebody who has taken part in, volunteered, or worked on the programme and has inspired others through their dedication, work ethic and own personal development. Each nominee will receive a bespoke ‘Local Legend’ football card, which has been created with support from Premier League partner Panini.
Over the past 15 years, the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust PL Kicks programme has gone from streght to strength, reaching over 1000 participants over the year. As part of the PL Kicks Social Action campaign, a group of participants planned a fundraising campaign to raise significant funds to support the Afghanistan and Centra Asian Association – ACAA. Please see below to find out more about ACAA.
Our participants committed to organise a 5K Walk & Talk event, to raise awareness about the good work delivered by ACAA. Additionally, the participants leading on the campaign have been invited to watch Brentford FC taking on the magpies this Saturday. Prior to the kick-off, supporters will be able to identify the participants on the day, who will be taking donations. We would like to encourage as many supporters as possible to support the campaign via bucket collection or simply via the Collection Pot donation webpage, which will be visible across all screens in the stadium. Click here to donate.
Hannah Finlayson, Girls Football Project Coordinator for ACAA said: “We are looking to continue what we have already established and expand further to reach more girls. All funds raised from the Brentford Community Sports Trust fundraiser will be gratefully appreciated and will go towards venue hire for training sessions, coaching fees, and equipment costs.”
ACAA works with Afghans and Central Asians living away from their homeland, providing them with support, skills and knowledge to live and prosper in the UK.
Our wide range of services includes English language classes, employment workshops, a women’s support group, a Saturday school and homework club, youth and family support services, drop-in and telephone advice, volunteer placements, and cultural and social events. We provide outreach and visits to individuals and families in detention.
Find out more about ACAA here.