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Swans youngsters help Kick off new season

A group of youngsters from Swansea’s Premier League Kicks project got the new season off to a winning start after competing in a national tournament last Wednesday in London.

As the first whistles blew across the UK on Saturday afternoon, The Barclays Premier League kicked off once again, but for PL Kicks programme, the action began last week at a tournament that helped mark the start of the new season.
Facing up against both Chelsea and Bournemouth, the youngsters did themselves and their club proud with promising performances that saw them fend off Bournemouth with a 2-0 win, as well as pushing their Chelsea counterparts for a goalless draw.
“We picked a team of 10 to take part from about 2,000 kids to represent Swansea,” said the Swan’s Club Ambassador Lee Trundle, who also attended.
“They got to meet a few Premier League players like the club captain Ashley Williams, as well as John Terry, which was great for them and it was a brilliant day out for the kids,” he continued.
“They were all up there in their Swansea kits representing the club and they got to go away and stay a night in London before attending the tournament, so they got to experience what it’s like to be a professional footballer when the squad goes up the day before to prepare.”
Kicks began as a pilot project in London between the Premier League and the Metropolitan Police back in 2006 with the aim of using football to bring communities together. This is achieved by engaging with young people that had previously proved difficult to reach and guide them towards a range of healthy and constructive activities.
The club delivers a wide range of activities, including free sessions for those aged between 12-19, as part of the scheme and since September 2014, we have engaged with 2023 young people.
For more details on the project, contact Ian Owen by email at: or by telephone on: 07551170556

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