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PL Kicks competes in Cup

Teams representing Swansea City AFC last week headed to Nottingham to take part in the 2016 PL Kicks Cup.

The two teams, made up of the PL Kicks participants, competed in the Cup last Thursday that saw over 50 clubs enter.

Now in its tenth year, PL Kicks has a long history of using the power of football and the value of sports participation to help hard-to-reach youngsters in some of the most high-need areas.

With the vision of building safer, stronger, more respectful communities through the development of young peoples’ potential, Swansea’s PL Kicks project is a collaboration between the Club and the South Wales Police, who were also present.

Fielding a boys and a girls team, the Swans put on a good show throughout the day, with both teams doing their Club proud.

“It has been a great day in Nottingham, at the Premier League Kicks Cup,” said Rhodri Morgan, a PL Kicks coach. “After a long day with an early start and a late arrival back at Landore, I can say that both teams represented Swansea City really well throughout the day,” he continued.

The boys started off the day with a tough contest against Manchester United that saw both teams produce some good football, but a slight lapse in concentration from a corner gave United the opportunity and they took it, ending the game 1-0.

Next up was Watford, which although highly competitive, ended 0-0 with Swans’ keeper Cameron Boe pulling off some great saves. The boys then went on to bag their first victory of the day with a dominating display against Crawley that saw the Swans win 2-1, courtesy of a brace from Reuben Harris.

Their fourth game saw them record their biggest win of the day with a thumping 4-0 win Harris and Kai Whitmore scoring two apiece, giving them seven points going into the afternoon break.

After the break, the boys faced Oldham in a game that finished in a goalless draw before lining up against QPR for their final group game, where they were caught on the counter attack leading to a 1-0 loss.

Elsewhere, the girls were drawn in a group against Everton, Manchester City, Derby, Southampton, Manchester United and Crystal Palace. They took a while to get started, losing their first three games against Everton (2-0), Man City (2-0) and Derby (1-0) but after an inspirational team talk from coach Samantha Beynon, results started to go their way.

Recording back to back 1-0 wins against both the Saints and the Red Devils, with both scored by Tanaya Edwards, the girls then drew 0-0 against Palace. 

Missing out on the knock out stages however, wasn’t enough to dampen either of the teams’ mood.

“They played some great football but results didn’t go their way. I have worked with most of the players who came today through the year on the Kicks project and this is a great opportunity for them to get something out of the project and I’m sure it is a memory they won’t forget for a long time,” Rhodri said.

“It’s been a great day all round,” added Georgia Costello of the girls’ team. “As a team it took us a while to get going but when we did, we played some really good football. It has been a great day representing Swansea City and I hope I can get another opportunity to do so in the future.”

“It was a great opportunity to play against some of the best clubs in the Premier League and Football League and to represent the Swans in their kit,” finished Reuben Harris of the boys’ team.

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


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