Ferrostaal honours Kickz kids
- 26 April 2010 16:01
- Posted by Chris Bailey
Ferrostaal, one of City’s official global partners, are to provide hospitality tickets to the Kickz Projects for Saturday’s match against Aston Villa.
Six teenagers will enjoy an executive box experience at the crunch game in the race for fourth place.
Through City in the Community (CITC), MCFC runs two Kickz projects, one based at the Platt Lane Leisure Complex in Fallowfield and one at the Sporting Edge Community Centre in Openshaw.
Every week more than 400 young people take part in projects that are specifically designed to improve the lives of young people in Manchester.
The projects aim to use the power of football to engage young people in a range of constructive activities, break down barriers between the police and young people, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, create routes into education, training and employment and increase young people’s interest in the professional game
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings young people between the ages of 13-18 have the opportunity to play football, work out in the gym, take part in MCing and DJing workshops and complete various qualifications. Micah Richards recently visited the centre in Openshaw to see how it all works
Among the project‘s achievements this year are:
* Working with a total of 842 young people, delivering a total of 43,041 contact hours (an average of 51 hours per young person)
*Anti-social behaviour crimes was down by 7.7% on Thursdays, 20.9% on Fridays and 1.4% on Saturdays in the area around Platt Lane
* Anti-social behaviour was down by 12.5% on Thursdays, 19.9% on Fridays and 16.7% on Saturdays in the area around Sporting Edge.
* 40 young people gaining an accredited sports qualification
* 80 young people taking part in Be Safe Knife and Gun workshops
* Recruited 12 new volunteers who have taken part in 49 volunteering opportunities
*Created employment opportunities for two Kickz participants who have gone from volunteers to coaches
* Young people hosting and recording their own radio show ’90 minutes’ on local community radio station ALL FM.
* MC’s involved in the Brit Trust music project performing in front of 5,000 people alongside Doves, Kid British and Mike Pickering.
* Selling 400 copies of Kickz Sessions: Volume One
* Securing funding to develop a Kickz recording studio at Sporting Edge
* The Under 16 Platt Lane football team won the North West It Doesn’t Have to Happen tournament.