The estates-based football inclusion initiative is aimed at providing young people with alternatives to a potential involvement with crime and anti-social behaviour within a constructive and safe environment. The project operates three nights a week, 48 weeks of the year.
The new project comes about thanks to a partnership involving the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, Waltham Forest Council, the Borough’s Safer Neighbourhood Police team and Rush Croft Sports College.
Kickz offers football coaching sessions and organises league and cup competitions for 11 to 20 year olds, also working with partner organisations to provide a range of other pursuits for youngsters who want to get involved off the pitch, including boxing, basketball, table tennis, a climbing wall and street dance sessions.
Radek took part in a football coaching session and other activities with participants and said: “Projects like this give something for young people to do and it keeps them safe and away from trouble so it’s a great idea. It also seems like a lot of fun so credit must go to the coaches and all the people who put in so many hours making these things work.”
The Waltham Forest project follows on from the success of Tottenham Hotspur’s first Kickz project on the Ferry Lane Estate in Haringey, which launched in April 2006 and has achieved its aim of reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in the neighbourhood.
In September 2007, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the expansion of the Kickz programme as part of a three year multi million pound investment from the Football Foundation and Metropolitan Police, along with support from the DCMS via the Premier League’s good causes fund and the youth volunteering charity 'v'.
Radek Cerny last night helped launch a brand new Kickz project at Rush Croft Sports College, Chingford.