Jack Cadman named Barnsley’s Premier League Kicks Hero

Apprentice coach Jack Cadman has been named as this year’s Barnsley FC Premier League Kicks Hero. 

  • Jack, 19, has been recognised for his commitment to PL Kicks and the initiatives’ participants from the local area.
  • The Premier League Kicks Heroes campaign celebrates 10 years of the social inclusion programme. Jack was presented with a PL Kicks Hero comic illustration, showcasing his journey from participant to coach.

Premier League Kicks is a youth outreach programme with the aim to create safer, stronger and more respectful communities through the development of young peoples’ potential, whilst giving young people access to facilities, coaching and mentoring.

In its first decade, Premier League Kicks has engaged more than 180,000 young people in weekly football, sport and personal development sessions held at local community venues across the UK. 68 Premier League, English Football League and National League clubs now run the programme.

Jack started as a participant at Premier League Kicks sessions at Dearne Advanced Learning Centre. He showed fantastic drive and leadership qualities from the very beginning that made him stand out amongst a group of talented youngsters.

After attending as a participant, Jack moved on to become a volunteer at the sessions, continuing his commitment to helping others in the local community. His attributes made him a perfect fit to join Reds in the Community as an apprentice coach, now helping deliver sessions at Dearne and other locations around Barnsley.

Jack prides himself on giving back to the local community and engaging youngsters through his sessions, characteristics which stand him in fantastic stead to continue his great coaching work at Premier League Kicks.

Barnsley’s Kicks Hero, Jack Cadman said:

“This is a really special moment for me because of the important part that Premier League Kicks has played in my life to this point. I have achieved my dream of becoming an apprentice coach and that was all thanks to Kicks! One day, I hope to become a professional coach and this has been a big step to achieving that goal.

“It is fantastic to see so many kids getting involved with the scheme and hopefully some of them will be able to follow in my footsteps.

“It all really hit home when I saw the comic picture. It was a fantastic gesture and it meant so much to be presented with it. I would like to thank the whole Reds in the Community team for their role in my development. I would not have achieved all I have done without your help, so thank you.”

Kieron Campbell, Sports Development Officer at Barnsley FC Community Trust, added:

“From the moment he arrived at Premier League Kicks sessions, Jack has shown tremendous commitment to the scheme which has allowed him to progress significantly up the ranks from participant, to volunteer, to apprentice coach. Jack is such a positive influence at our sessions, always inspiring new participants and encouraging others to give back to the community.

“Jack is a great example of someone who wants to bring the best out of people and who values giving back to others, which is what Premier League Kicks is all about. Looking forward, I am extremely positive about the role Jack will play in our community and I am certain he will achieve his dream of becoming a professional coach. Well done Jack, you deserve to be our local hero!”

Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore said:

“Premier League Kicks delivers sessions for young people where they are needed most, connecting football clubs with their communities in a meaningful and sustainable way.

“The Kicks Heroes campaign allows us to highlight some of those inspiring individual stories – like Jack’s – and celebrate their achievements and thank the 68 Premier League, English Football League and National League clubs currently delivering the programme.”

For more information about Premier League Kicks, including details about current sessions, please click HERE.