(by Lancashire Business News, April 17, 2019)
Burnley FC in the Community has been awarded £19,200 from East Lancashire freemasons to expand its delivery of the Premier League Kicks programme in Burnley and Pendle.
Kicks is one of the Premier League’s flagship community programmes and has been delivered by Burnley FC in the Community (BFCitC) since 2014. A youth engagement initiative, the programme uses the power of football and the value of sports to help hard-to-reach youngsters aged 8-19 years old living in some of the most high-need areas.
The East Lancashire freemasons’ grant will see £19,200 given over two years to allow Burnley FC’s official charity to expand the reach and offer of the Kicks programme in the local area by delivering Kicks Plus. Kicks Plus will incorporate additional sports to the programme as well as adding new venues to engage young people who haven’t previously taken part in the provision.
A period of consultation with young people living in Burnley and Pendle has established that cricket, dance and boxercise sessions would be welcomed. As a result, the new Kicks sessions will now offer these activities, with the particular hope that this will engage more female participants and young people from the BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) community.
BFCitC delivers its Kicks sessions at times when young people are most at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and crime; primarily at…