As part of the youth street sports, activity and movement strategies, Macclesfield Town Council is working with Macclesfield Town Football Club Community Sports Trust in the running of the Premier League Kicks programme (https://bit.ly/2G9lFPK) which aims to get young people to take part in free football sessions, providing another activity option and seeking to reduce ASB.
The aims for the programme are:
- Increase playing, coaching and officiating opportunities in football
- Enhance physical and mental wellbeing, including self-esteem, ambition and social skills
- Strengthen communities with a culture of volunteering, social action and positive role models – supporting education, training and employment pathways
- Work in partnership with young people, the police and other stakeholders to support the younger generation with the societal challenges they face (eg youth violence) and to improve community safety
- Inspire young people to develop positive, supportive relationships with one another and the authorities
- Promote integration and champion equality, diversity and inclusion
- We will be supporting the project by providing ongoing assistance with the referrals process. This shall be done using the contacts that are already in place for the successful supported summer school scheme. Referrals of young people from the town will be sought
- from local primary and secondary schools, local support groups and Cheshire East Family Services. The receipt of referrals will be coordinated by Macclesfield Town Council and forwarded on to the football club.
- This is a great opportunity to be part of this project, provide support whilst also having minimal resource demands on the council and we hope that those taking part will really benefit from these free sessions.
- The sessions will be divided into groups. One group for those aged between 8-11 and another for those aged 12-16. The groups will take place at Macclesfield Academy on the astroturf. The cost of these sessions will be free for all participants.