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PL Kicks support Hillympics

The Community Trust’s Premier League Kicks project this week supported the emergency services in running the Hillympics sports day at the Hillside Secure Unit.

Teaming up with the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and the South Wales and Dyfed-Powys police forces, PL Kicks helped to run football related activities, as well as team-building exercises, at the secure centre for young people in Neath.

The annual event also saw representatives from Ospreys in the Community, Cardiff City FC Community Foundation, Aberavon Wizards and the Bulldogs Boxing Gym attend the event that is held every year.

“PL Kicks being involved helps break so many barriers between the emergency services and young people,” said Liam Ellis from our PL Kicks project. “It’s great to see so many young people who are hard to engage with coming together and putting their differences aside to work as a team. It’s fantastic to see the Hillympics and the Kicks project having such a great success,” he continued.

In addition to the Community Trust, three members from the Swans Ladies team also attended to support the event.

Taylor Williams, Emma Beynon and Kelly Newcombe all accompanied the PL Kicks’ coaches to join in with, and help deliver, an array of sporting and team-building activities all designed to help the young people to improve their communication, teamwork and life skills.

“We came down to support the Hillside Hillympics with the Community Trust’s PL Kicks project,” explained Taylor Williams. “They run it every year and it’s a great event that gets their participants active and working together. Participating in the Hillympics was extremely rewarding for us as we were placed in a different environment which allowed us to encourage and support different types of participants.”

“Being a part of the Swans Ladies gives us the opportunity to get out into the community to help out with some fantastic projects and events like the Hillympics,” said Emma Beynon.

“We took part in team-building and football activities with Hillside’s participants and it was a really fun day,” added Kelly Newcombe. “Representing the Club both on and off the pitch is amazing.”

To round off the day, Cyril the Swan lined up against other mascots in a race, before awards were handed out for the participants.

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