Blackpool FC Community Trust Premier League Kicks participants were happy to take part in the ePremier League #StayAtHome Cup over the past few weeks. This was an online FIFA competition for the young people who regularly attend the Premier League Kicks sessions.
There was a total of 479 Premier League Kicks participants taking part, representing their chosen football clubs community trust and foundations, 10 of these lucky young people were representing Blackpool FC Community Trust.
Liverpool and Burnley boasted winners in the 13-15 years category, while players from Leyton Orient and Exeter City triumphed in the 16-18 age group. Although none of the Blackpool FC Community Trust participants made the final, they still really enjoyed the unique experience.
One of the participants Owen Melling commented on his experience, “The tournament was really fun to play, it kept me busy and I enjoyed meeting new players online”.
The two tournaments were able to take place thanks to the support of the Premier League’s lead partner EA SPORTS and operators Battlefy.
“These tournaments are a great way to bring together and provide entertainment to the upcoming generation of FIFA players,”said Sam Turkbas, deputy FIFA competitive gaming commissioner at EA SPORTS.
The tournament urged participants to stay home and save lives, as well as encouraging them to take regular breaks from gaming every 45 minutes.
Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Premier League Kicks project lead Michael Brown said: “We have seen how important online activities are more than ever. It’s really important during these difficult times that we give the young people of Blackpool an opportunity to take part in different activities”.
“Whether it’s catching up with friends online or having something positive to look forward to during the lockdown, it’s important we are doing something for the young people in Blackpool.”
What is PL Kicks?
Usually, Blackpool FC Community Trust offer FREE Premier League Kicks sessions across Blackpool for School Years 3 – 11, creating opportunities for young people at the heart of their communities.
We usually have several Kicks sites in the local area operating across Blackpool. New participants should fill out a consent form which can be found on our website www.BFCCT.co.uk, come down to one of the sessions and hand it to one of the qualified Blackpool FC Community Trust coaches.
As well as the free football sessions, Kicks also offers pathways into regular competitive football matches and tournaments with other Community Trust Kicks teams throughout the country.
We hope to see you all again soon. We still don’t know when we will be recommencing these sessions so please keep an eye on our social media pages or www.BFCCT.co.uk for updates.