Local youngsters to represent Bristol Rovers in Premier League Kicks Cup 2023 Regional Tournament
Young people representing Bristol Rovers will take part in the Under-16 mixed and Under-16 girls’ Premier League Kicks Cup regional tournaments, in a bid to secure their place at the 2023 finals.
Ten regional tournaments are being staged at community facilities across the country, with hundreds of young people representing Premier League, EFL and National League clubs, hoping to win the opportunity to represent their club in the 2023 Premier League Kicks Cup finals at the University of Warwick.
Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion are the current Premier League Kicks Cup champions, having won the Under-16 mixed and Under-16 girls’ tournaments respectively in 2022.
Premier League Kicks began in Season 2006/07 in partnership with the Metropolitan Police, with the aim of involving young people in regular, positive and fun activity, supporting them to create stronger, safer and more inclusive communities.
Premier League Kicks is the League’s longest-running community programme and sees more than 90 clubs, in some of the most high-need areas in England and Wales, run free weekly football sessions and positive activity to inspire young people to reach their potential.
Premier League Head of Community Nick Perchard said: “We know how important it is for young people to engage in physical activities and work together to develop their potential both on and off the pitch. The Premier League Kicks Cup regional tournaments provide opportunities for young people from different backgrounds to come together and learn from each other as they enjoy the excitement of representing their respective clubs in a high-profile competition. “
In addition to providing young people with access to free football and sports activities, professional football club community organisations (CCOs) also provide additional year-round support through Premier League Kicks. This includes offering mentoring, life skills advice and access to opportunities such as volunteering and social action to help aid personal development. While clubs also work with 36 police forces throughout the country to tackle issues affecting young people, with regular sessions taking place in disadvantaged areas.
Head of Inclusion at Bristol Rovers Community Trust Will Dixon said: "We're really excited to be involved in the Premier League Kicks Cup once again. It's always one of the highlights in our calendar and our participants have always enjoyed the tournaments when we have attended previously."