PL Kicks heats up with new league
Swansea City’s Premier League Kicks project is heating things up this year with the announcement of a Young Fire Fighters Kicks League.
The League, launching on Monday 25th January at Morriston Fire Station, will see Young Fire Fighter (YFF) schemes compete against each other at different venues around South West Wales.
Launched by the Kicks’ ambassador, Angel Rangel, the league will see the young fire fighters battle it out in an array of fire drills and football skills to crown an outright YFF Champion of Mid and West Wales.
As well as looking to find a winner, the partnership aims to help recruit young people onto the YFF Project and to aid the fire services with the reduction of arson in Mid and West Wales.
“Over the last 12 months, the Kick project has been working together with the Mid and West Wales Fire Service Arson Prevention team to engage with young people to help educate them on the dangers of arson and fire,” said PL Kicks’ Rhodri Morgan.
“South Wales Police, Dyfed Powys Police and the Mid and West Wales Fire Service identified areas of concern where there was regular anti-social behaviour, crimes and fires in particular areas of Swansea and Neath,” added Police Sergeant Gareth Edwards of the Arson Reduction Team.
“As a result, youth activities were arranged, which were both fun and educational. An important part of this was to utilise staff from Swansea City’s Premier League Kicks Project. Having broken the ice, this allowed the police and fire service to engage and improve relationships with them, as well as educating and raising awareness,” he continued.
“We ran programmes throughout the Easter and Whitsun holidays in 2015 which produced immediate results in the reduction of ASB/arson in those areas,” he continued.
The new YFF league, will now aim to build on these programmes and will be a monthly affair.
“The league we are about to start is a joint initiative where once a month, we will attend a YFF night and run a competition, where all the teams will compete against each other in a variety of fire drills and football skills and gain points on the night. Then there will be a grand final where the four group winners will compete to become overall champion,” he continued.
The League kicks off with four days of drills and skills between 25-28 January at Morriston (25th), Port Talbot (26th), Llandrindod Wells (27th) and Llanelli (28th) fire stations, before continuing every last week of each month up until the summer.
“As a Kicks project, we are looking forward to working together again and running this league and hopefully it will encourage more young people to join the YFF,” said Rhodri, but it’s not just the Trust that are excited however.
In addition to Morriston, Port Talbot, Llandrindod Wells and Llanelli, fire stations in Pembroke Dock, Abercrave, Seven Sisters, Cymer, Brecon, Newton, Welshpool and Ammanford will be take part in the league and all are relishing the opportunity.
“Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are excited at the prospect of building on the partnership with Swansea City Community Trust with our Fire Cadet Scheme,” added Elaine Williams from the Mid and West Wales Fire Service.
“This opportunity will encourage our Cadets to set themselves new challenges through Fire Service activities, as well as the sporting activities that the Trust staff will set,” she said. “What an exciting season this will be!”
For more information about the league or the PL Kicks project, please contact Ian Owen on Ian@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk