Kickz is a national Premier League initiative which uses the unique appeal of Football Clubs to engage young people aged 12 to 18 years old in sport and positive activities outside of normal school hours, in some of the country’s most disadvantaged communities.
The free sessions aim to break down barriers between the Police and young people, whilst providing social support and education to help reduce crime, anti-social behaviour, gang activity, alcohol and drug abuse.
Using the power of sport and the appeal of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, our Kickz programmes give local young people the opportunity to play organised football and other sports along with taking part in dance, music and fashion workshops across the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest, Haringey and Enfield.
This year’s awards have recognised:
Keeley Blackwood - Inspiring Person
Keeley joined the Foundation in 2009 as a volunteer and quickly demonstrated a natural ability to engage, motivate and inspire young people to reach their full potential. This nomination recognises her role as coach and mentor at Rushcroft Kickz in Chingford where her hard work and commitment has supported an increase in female participation. Keeley was also the driving force behind the Rushcroft Kickz Olympic and Paralympic projects as well as the Lets Get Cooking programme.
Karolina Rapacka – Inspiring Young Person
Nominated for her progression from a participant through to a Kickz coach, Karolina embodies the ethos and values of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Karolina attends the Barnet and Southgate College Football and Education Development Centre delivered by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, where she is working towards her BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. Karolina continues to excel in her new coaching role and is a positive role model to aspiring young coaches attending the Kickz project.
Edward Kargbo – Volunteer Award and Outstanding Volunteer Award
Since 2010, Edward has been volunteering every Thursday and Friday evening at Northumberland Park Kickz in Haringey. He assists the coaching staff with registration and setting up session equipment. As a well-respected individual, Edward offers an additional level of support in engaging with some of the more challenging young people and will often provide an insight to some of the issues facing young people in the local area. As a talented footballer, Edward was keen to complete his FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football and has since gone on to assist in the running and management of the Kickz football team who train every Wednesday and compete on Saturday mornings in the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Community League.
In addition, Chris Hodge from Rushcroft Sports College has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Partner Support Award.
Chris has been instrumental in the success of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Kickz project at Rushcroft Sports College in Chingford, Waltham Forest. He is a PE teacher at the school and is also the Get in to Football Officer for the borough of Waltham Forest. Chris consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the smooth-running of sessions and the best possible outcomes for attending young people.
Since the project was launched in 2006, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coaches and volunteers have worked with more than 2,500 young people locally.
To find out more about the Foundation’s Kickz project, visit tottenhamhotspur.com/foundation