The events saw our participants take part in a combination of technical and tactical football drills alongside conditioned small sided games and scenarios.
Their aim was to challenge the players to develop new and existing skills individually as well as part of a team. It was great to see the group get back to grips with the game after months of missing out!
Our sessions were taken by our team of experienced and highly skilled LFC Foundation coaches who all have vast experiences in grassroots and semi-professional level football.
Alongside the football sessions, there was also an educational element to the event which helped to equip the group with key life skills and knowledge which goes hand in hand with keeping fit, being active and playing football.
Thanks to James Holden from the Royal Academy of Culinary who held a nutrition session for our participants and provided great guidance around the importance of nutrition in sport focusing on pre and post-match meals using healthy food groups.
The group also took part in a workshop focusing around racism & stereotyping issues in football and what we can do collectively to challenge and tackle these issues from grass roots in our communities through the power of youth voice and of course, football.
The overall long-term objective for this event and events like this in the future is to increase pathways and exit routes for 15-17 year old’s who engage with the Foundation through PL Kicks. Our aim is to help them access further opportunities post school for further education, training and even volunteering opportunities.
It’s hoped that this can also link in with the Foundations new partnership with The Fowler Academy (FEFA) as a way of recruiting more students who have been involved in our sessions for a number of years.
PL Kicks has over 20% of coaches at clubs that in the past were participants so this would hopefully continue to build on long term outcomes in the future within the sports sector and help build more opportunities for young players in the pipeline.