Redbridge Community School triumph in first Kicks ‘Respect’ fixture

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It was a special night at Redbridge Community School on Wednesday, as Redbridge hosted Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill in the first Kicks ‘Respect’ fixture.

Over the course of the academic year, teams from our six Community Champion schools will compete against each other in a series of fixtures, all based on the theme of respect.

To celebrate the start of the initiative, several special guests also attended the school. Along with an appearance from Southampton FC’s Josh Sims, there were also workshops from the StreetDoctors and a motivational speech from Paul Hannaford.

The Premier League Kicks programme has a long history of using the power of football and the value of sports participation to help hard-to-reach youngsters in some of the most high-need areas.

By engaging youngsters in constructive activities, local communities have been transformed and authorities report up to 50% reductions in anti-social behaviour in the areas in which Kicks is delivered.

In line with the Kicks ethos, and the ever-present value of respect, the special guests at last night’s event all contributed to engaging the participants and teaching them key life values.

As a representative of Southampton FC, and positive role model for aspiring young footballers, Sims was on hand to deliver the inaugural trophy to Redbridge Community School, who beat Lord’s Hill on penalties after playing out a 2-2 draw.

While the fixture was taking place, the other participants were invited to get involved in a StreetDoctors workshop designed to teach young people how to react if they are present when someone else is in need of emergency treatment.

The session finished with Paul Hannaford, a motivational speaker from East London, using his real life experiences to warn young people about the negative effects of drug abuse, gun and knife violence and gang life.

For our full Kicks timetable, click here.

To find out more about Premier League Kicks, please contact our Saints4All Project Officer, Ollie Morton, at omorton@saintsfc.co.uk.

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