Young footballers tackle behaviour that is anti-social

The safest hands in Sussex
The safest hands in Sussex

Over 200 young people from across Sussex recently came together to participate in a football tournament held in Brighton’s Preston Park to raise awareness against anti-social behaviour.

On Friday, July 24 youngsters from Eastbourne and Hellingly took part in the initiative to help reduce youth crime.

The Regional Summer Kicks tournament run by Albion in the Community (AITC) in partnership with American Express, brought together youngsters from AITC’s Kicks projects across the region.

The tournament was supported by 20 Amex employees who helped organise the day and referee matches alongside AITC coaches.

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.

Eastbourne and Hellingly coach Scott Buchanan 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 aiming to build safer, stronger communities, by developing the potential of youngsters across the region.”

Parents or youngsters interested in learning more about Kicks sessions in the local area can contact Martin.Schooley@albioninthecommunity.org.uk or call 01273 878 259