The boys were selected from the Leyton Orient Trust Kicks hubs in East London and the girls were chosen from local partner team, Hackney Wick FC. For the girls, it was their first time playing in a tournament outside of London, and for every single player it was the biggest tournaments they have been involved in.
This annual event brought together over 700 young people representing 65 football clubs. With Swansea City winning the Girls competition and Watford winning it for the boys.
Premier League Kicks is the flagship social inclusion programme, Launched in 2006, it uses the power of football clubs to regularly engage young people in activity with the goal of inspiring them to develop their potential, enhance their wellbeing and positively impact their communities to be safer, stronger and more inclusive.
Lead Development Coach, Hafiz Haque, said “This was an incredibly positive experience for the boys and girls who have worked hard to achieve this reward. The group met as strangers in the morning, but throughout the day they created a bond and were supportive of each other on and off the pitch, by the end of the day they came back as good friends. That’s what Premier League Kicks is all about – providing young people with a platform, and allowing them to grasp it and flourish.”