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Get your Kickz at City

  • 22 September 2009 12:24
  • Posted byChris Bailey

A sports project organised by City in the Community (CITC) designed to give young people something constructive to do in evenings and weekends has been shortlisted for a number of national awards.

Kickz is aimed at young people between the ages of 12-18 and gives them a range of sporting and non-sporting activities to take part in on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

Each week more than 300 young people take part in sessions at the Platt Lane Leisure Complex in Fallowfield and the Sporting Edge Sports Centre in Openshaw.

And the scheme has now been nominated for Project of the Year in the National Kickz Awards to be held at Wembley Stadium next month.

As well as club of the year, CITC Adventure Co-ordinator Eddie Afekafe has been shortlisted for Inspiring Young People of the Year Award.

The nominations follow the project’s success at the same event last year when MCFC was named both club of the year and team of the year.

Alex Williams MBE said: “We are delighted that the Kickz project has again received recognition for the impact it has had on the local community.

“It is a tribute to the hard work of all our staff, our partners particularly the football club, Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police and especially the young people.”

Kickz is a national project that uses the power of football to create safer, stronger and more respectful communities by developing potential.

City, through CITC, has been involved in the scheme since August 2006 and since it began it has helped more than 100 young people gain an accredited qualification and also helped to reduce anti-social behaviour among young people in the Moss Side, Fallowfield and Openshaw areas of the city.

For more information about Kickz please contact CITC on 0161 438 7711 or e-mail

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