Posted in Sports Participation 2 months ago
Participants from Reds in the Community’s Premier League Kicks sessions represented Barnsley FC against other professional clubs in the PL Kicks Cup yesterday.
Eight players from the weekly Friday sessions at the Astrea Academy Dearne travelled to the Kicks Cup in Warwick to play for the Reds in a competition including over 60 clubs from the Premier League and English Football League (EFL).
Barnsley were put in an eight-team group alongside Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Colchester United, Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan Athletic.
The Reds played some great football throughout the tournament, picking up six points in total including an impressive 2-0 win over Birmingham.
Two of the participants, Blake and Taylor reflected on how much they enjoyed the experience of donning the Barnsley jersey in a national competition.
Blake said: “It’s been a good experience. It’s been a good day out and I’ve enjoyed it all the way through. The highlight was our win, we scored some good goals. We’ve seen other players and their qualities, clubs like West Ham and Newcastle. We are used to playing with each other most weeks. It helps us work together more and get better chemistry between us.”
Travis added: “It’s been a good experience. We’ve been able to come out and play football in a good competition. It’s been enjoyable. The best feeling was winning, it brought a bit of confidence into the team. It’s all been good really. It if wasn’t for the Kicks session then I wouldn’t speak to many of these so it’s brought us all closer.”
Premier League Kicks provides players aged 8-19 with free weekly football sessions with Reds in the Community’s FA qualified and DBS checked coaches.
While the programme is designed to improve football skills and general fitness, it also helps the youngsters to develop their communication and other important transferable skills for both education and adult life.
Another of the participants, Taylor, spoke about how some of these qualities allowed the Reds’ representatives to meet their counterparts from the South coast.
Taylor: “It’s enjoyable because you get to socialise with your mates as well as other teams and managers. You can learn from the experience. You’re doing GCSE’s in my year so it helps you see what get to do. If someone wants to be a coach, you can see what grades you need. Overall it’s been a good day. Socialising with different teams like Brighton – we didn’t even know them but they supported us so we supported them.”
Reds in the Community deliver free Premier League Kicks sessions every Monday and Friday evening (excluding Bank Holidays) at the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre and Astrea Academy Dearne respectively.