Nine youngsters from Oldham Athletic Community Trust’s Kicks project recently represented the club as they participated in a tournament organised through the Premier League Kicks project.
The Premier League Kicks project is based in disadvantaged areas and supports Sport England’s aim to take sport to where people are, enabling clubs to work with young people that may have previously been difficult to engage with.
Football is the primary focus but the vibrant nature of the programme has enhanced its appeal to young people by offering a multi sports element with more than 35 other sports being delivered.
The team that attended the tournament were participants from the Community Trust’s Thursday night Kicks sessions which are held at St Martins Primary School.
The session within Fitton Hill, which has now been running for two years, offers local young people the opportunity to socialise and play sports in a safe and structured environment.
The Oldham Athletic Kicks project utilises local facilities for the local community to use and enjoy delivering 11 sessions per week across the borough of Oldham.
The tournament was held at the Blackburn Rovers indoor centre and saw Oldham Athletic play against kicks teams representing Manchester United, Stoke City and the hosts Blackburn Rovers. On the day the Polyflor sponsored Oldham Athletic took a total of four points, meaning they now face an anxious wait to find out whether their efforts this season were enough to win the NW Premier League Kicks Division.
The results from the day were:
- Oldham Athletic 3-0 Stoke City
- Oldham Athletic 2-4 Blackburn Rovers
- Oldham Athletic 1-1 Manchester United
Squad and goalscorers– Callumn Ashton, Terry Brenner, William Greenhalgh x1, Crawford Nuttall x1, Jaimie Dalloway x1, Nyle Harrop x3, Niall Heap, Keaton Carter and Sean Edwards x1.
As for every Kicks fixture this season OACT would like to thank local company Polyflor for their support. Without the partnership of Polyflor additional opportunities such as the participation in the NW Kicks League would not be possible.