It was a welcome return to activity for the youngsters, who had been selected due to good behaviour and attendance at Premier League Kicks sessions prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The project combines educational, often hard-hitting themed workshops with practical and active team building activities over three days, with external, highly skilled partners delivering sessions in their area of expertise, such as Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) on road safety.
This platform gives teenagers the opportunity to develop key life skills and participate in a zero-judgement group learning environment.
This time round, delivery had to be adapted to adhere to the current governmental restrictions, to ensure the safety of both participants and coaching staff.
MFRS, who have partnered with the Kicks Football+ Project for many years, kicked off the week with a road safety presentation, delivered by Vincent Taylor at their training and development academy in West Derby.
Safety around water followed this, with the group learning about the effects of cold-water shock, with important advice to adhere to particularly during the hotter, summer months when it’s more likely to be around dangerous waters.
The group also travelled to Derry Matthews’ Boxing Academy in the Liverpool City Centre, to participate in a boxing fitness circuit class, delivered by former professional boxer, Derry Matthews.
After the session, the youngsters then took part in a Q&A discussion at the Academy with local professional boxer, Jazza Dickens, who offered insight into his own experiences and his successes, providing advice that the youngsters could apply to almost anything they do.
On the second day of the course the group took part in a nutritional cooking class with Chef James Holden of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. James, a 30-year professional, has prepared meals in the past for Her Majesty the Queen, the England Football National Team, and even FC Barcelona, which delighted the youngsters, who were keen to know what Lionel Messi eats.
The group prepared healthy pizzas from scratch, which contained foods from all the five food groups and followed this with preparing some delicious fruit salads. It was then off to Aintree Golf Centre in the afternoon to play football golf to burn off the calories.
On the final day of activities, the group visited The National Football Museum in Manchester, with a specially adapted guided tour about the history of football and various milestones that still impact the game today.
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