Three Blackpool FC Academy players attended a Premier League Kicks session on Tuesday evening at Playfootball.net.
Kicks is a programme which offers free football sessions for people aged 7-19 and is delivered across Blackpool. The Premier League Kicks programme targets those living in communities considered to be more vulnerable to crime either as victims or potential offenders. A key objective is to break down barriers between police and young people and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the targeted areas. Kicks identifies project locations and in partnership with the local police influences the days and times of provision.
Caleb Richards, Fin Smith-Sinclair and Sebastien Des Pres joined 25 Kicks participants in different football challenges, as well as offering advice to the young people who are aspiring to be football players.
Sebastien Des Pres, who has played for Blackpool FC first team, enjoyed his visit and will be coming back to Kicks. Sebastien said, “I’ve had great fun tonight. Blackpool FC Community Trust is a great organisation and it’s good to see the kids get involved. I’ve seen a lot of young people tonight and my advice to them is keep working hard and believe in yourself. I’ll be coming back to play cross-bar challenge because one of the Kicks participants beat me, so I need to come back and win.”
Kicks is delivered Monday to Saturday in different locations all over Blackpool. For more information on Kicks and to see the full timetable, click here.