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Rangel launches YFF Kicks League

PL Kicks this week launched their new Young Fire Fighters Kicks League with the help of Angel Rangel.

Kicking off on Monday, the league sees 16 Young Fire Fighter (YFF) schemes from across South West Wales and will run once a month.

The league sessions will involve around 10-12 young people from each of the schemes competing against each other in array of fire drills and football skills.

In addition to the young fire fighters, first team defender Rangel, accompanied by Club Ambassador Lee Trundle, were in attendance at Port Talbot Fire Station to help officially launch the league and get involved with some of the drills.

With the aim of helping to recruit young people onto the YFF Project and to aid the fire services with the reduction of arson in Mid and West Wales, the league also builds on the partnership between the Trust and the Fire Service.

“We’ve been running the YFF since 2001 and we’ve been working over the last two years with the Swans Community Trust and we’ve developed a really strong partnership,” said Elaine Williams, the Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service's Youth Development Officer. “This is building on the platform that we’ve already made between the two services,” she continued.

“It’s an extension of our partnership with the Mid and West Fire Services. We’ve been working together now for two and a half years and we’re helping them with their arson prevention scheme,” added Ian Owen, PL Kicks’ Co-ordinator.

“It’s a new venture, it’s something a bit different and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves and we seem to be getting good results,” he continued.

With fire stations from across the target area, including Ammandford, Brecon and Abercave, taking part, it is hoped that the league will grow and develop in the future.

“It’s quite an extensive league. It covers Welshpool to Pembroke Dock right up to Port Talbot so it’s a massive area we’re covering,” said Ian. “This is the first phase of the project. We hope that if it goes successfully, which it seems to be doing, that in the future, the young fire fighters will take ownership of this and take it out into their own communities.”

“The main thing is that they’re all taking part in the arson prevention and education and they’re having some fun along the way,” Ian finished.

For more information about the league or the PL Kicks project, please contact Ian Owen on Ian@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk


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