Two new sessions to start
Oldham Athletic Community Trust has announced two new Kicks sessions will start this month.
Kicks is a nationwide project funded in partnership with the Premier League and Sport England.
Oldham Athletic Community Trust hold Kicks sessions across the borough for young people to attend, with both football and street cheer on offer.
The new session are:
Sholver Youth Centre – Mondays, starting October 14th (6pm-7.30pm) – ages 12-18 (street dance).
Honeywell Centre 3G pitch – Saturdays, starting October 12th (7pm-9pm) – ages 13 – 18 (football)
Both of these inclusion sessions are free to attend.
The Kicks project is aimed at working with young people from different areas and giving them something positive to do during evenings. The project aims to provide positive role models from the local areas and give different opportunities to young people through the power of sport.
Oldham Athletic Community Trust currently run Kicks sessions in Coldhurst, Westwood, Royton, Derker, Chadderton and Hathershaw, working with over 160 young people per week.
Recent success stories of the Kicks project include Rofique Miah and Shitu Miah who both started to attend sessions in Coldhurst five years ago.
They later became volunteers for the project after the Kicks staff noticed their drive and ambition to learn and progress. Both then went onto gain various coaching qualifications as part of Kicks – they attained their FA Level One and Two coaching badges, as well as qualifying to coach basketball and boxing.
Along their journey both Rofique and Shitu made the transition from volunteers to being paid members of staff for the Community Trust.
Rofique and Shitu now coach full time in Qatar and this was all made possible by the Kicks project which the Community Trust runs. They went from young people hanging around the street to a full-time job overseas.
Martin Vose, Oldham Athletic Community Trust Participation Manager, said: "Kicks is a project that can change lives for the better. We aim to provide opportunities for young people through sport and we aim to create local positive role models.
"At the end of this month there are three people attending a FA Level One coaching course which has been made possible by Kicks. So much is made these days of the negative things that young people do, Kicks is there to provide a positive environment with positive results.
"I'm absolutely delighted that we can offer the Kicks to so many different parts of Oldham and work with many different partners to deliver the project. Each week we work with some amazing young people and I'm looking forward to starting the two new sessions in Sholver and Hathershaw."
For more information on Kicks, or any other of the projects run by the Community Trust, please contact Martin Vose, firstname.lastname@example.org