PARTICIPANTS from QPR's Premier League Kicks programme were among over 1,000 young people who featured in a three-day tournament in Nottingham to celebrate the work of the initiative in local communities.
The PL Kicks Cup event at Nottingham University's Riverside Sports Complex, being held for the first time since 2019, celebrated the year-round work of Premier League Kicks in local communities.
Over 100 under-16 boys, girls and pan-disability teams, representing more than 70 Premier League, EFL and National League clubs, competed, with Manchester United winning the U16 boys final on the opening day.
As with the main programme, the PL Kicks Cup wasn't just about the football. Workshops, music and activities such as street golf were laid on for the young people to engage with, while special guests Makai Fray and Sharky got involved in the action.
QPR Trust community project co-ordinator Adnan Mohamed said: “PL Kicks offers an amazing opportunity for young individuals to come down and play free football sessions on a weekly basis. As a football club, to offer these opportunities is just incredible for our local young people.
“To deliver opportunities like this where you come and represent your club at big competitions is great. You can see how the players enjoyed themselves today, regardless of winning or losing, everyone took part - playing in their club kits and raising their overall confidence."
Kicks participant Bouchra said: “We had a great day today and lots of fun, I’d like to thank the QPR coaches for taking us to Nottingham and providing the amazing experience.”
Premier League Kicks
PL Kicks is the Premier League's current longest-running community programme, which celebrated its 15th anniversary earlier this year.
Since it began, more than 440,000 young people have participated in PL Kicks football and multi-sport sessions run across 936 venues by 90 Premier League, English Football League and National League sides.
To date, the Premier League has invested almost £66million in Premier League Kicks and an estimated 80,000 young people take part in the programme every year.
Clubs also work with 36 territorial police forces throughout the country to tackle issues affecting young people, with regular sessions taking place in disadvantaged areas.