Burnley Football Club
Posted: 30th April 2019

Burnley Football Club in the Community has been awarded a grant of £19,200 to help young people who are at risk of becoming involved in crime or anti-social behaviour. This grant will expand the Premier League Kicks programme in Burnley and Pendle.

Premier League Kicks

Kicks uses the power of football and the value of sports to help hard-to-reach young people aged 11-19 years old. Kicks is one of the League’s flagship community programmes and has been delivered by Burnley FC in the Community (BFCitC) since 2014.

Reaching a diverse range of young people

This grant will specifically fund Kicks Plus. It will allow more sports to added to the established programme and fund sessions at new venues. This will help reach more young people who have not previously taken part.

A period of consultation with young people living in Burnley and Pendle established that cricket, dance and boxercise sessions would be welcomed. It is hoped that these changes will attract more females and people from the BAME community.

Reducing anti-social behaviour and crime

BFCitC delivers its Kicks sessions at times when young people are most at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and crime; primarily at evenings and weekends. Sessions generally take place in venues in areas where youth crime and ASB have historically proved an issue. Kicks also offers education and life skills workshops, and external agencies work with the young people in attendance.

East Lancashire freemasons visit Burnley Football Club in the Community

Tom Conway, BFCitC Social Inclusion Officer said:

‘’We’re really grateful to East Lancashire freemasons for their generous grant. Our Kicks programme is extremely popular but is primarily football focussed, which we recognise doesn’t work for all young people. The freemasons’ grant will allow us to add new venues and hopefully work with even more participants. We can’t wait to get going!”

John Farrington from East Lancashire Freemasons said:

“I’m very pleased we’re able to help Burnley Football Club with their outstanding work with young people at risk of becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour. If you can reach these young people early enough you can turn their lives around.”

Watch the Premier League Kicks programme in action