Summer Kicks sees youngsters involved in sport

Taking part in the tournament

Taking part in the tournament

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YOUNGSTERS from Worthing took part in a unique football tournament held in Brighton’s Preston Park, an event which was attended by over 200 young people from Sussex.

The Regional Summer Kicks tournament, which was held on Friday, July 24, was run by Albion in the Community (AITC) in partnership with American Express.

The tournament is part of an initiative to help reduce youth crime and anti social behaviour, and was supported by 20 Amex employees who helped organised the day and referee matches alongside the AITC coaches.

Jason Hughes, Worthing coach, said: “This is the second year we’ve brought together youngsters from all of our Kicks projects across Sussex.

“It’s great to see them interacting so positively with each other in an event of this scale.”

Martin Schooley, AITC’s inclusion manager, said: “The Kicks programme is all about giving youngsters the chance to play sport in a supportive, inclusive environment and promoting the values of respect and understanding.

“Through the programme we’re aiminng to build safer, stronger communities, by developing the potential of youngsters across the region.”

The tournament is part of the wider national Premier League Kicks programme run locally by AITC, which gives youngsters aged 11-19 from targeted deprived areas of Sussex the chance to participate in free weekly football and sport sessions and access to awareness workshops tackling social issues.

The tournament brought together youngsters from AITC’s Kicks projects from across the region.

There are 35 weekly Kicks sessions across Sussex with 1,500 youngsters involved.

Parents or youngsters interested in learning more about Kicks sessions in the local area can contact martin.schooley@albioninthecommunity.org.uk, or call 01273 878259.

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