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Amat helps launch PL Kicks' Fire Cadet League

Our Premier League Kicks project this week kicked off their Fire Cadets Kicks League for another season with the help of Jordi Amat.

Launching on Thursday, the league sees fire cadet schemes from across South West Wales compete against each other in a range of fire drills and football skills and this year’s League has been boosted by the introduction of the Police Youth Volunteers.

“The League was originally set up last year which saw two partnerships in Swansea City’s PL Kicks and Mid and West Wales Fire Service coming together to create a league between all the fire cadet schemes in Wales,” explained Liam Ellis from PL Kicks. “The League allows all cadet schemes to come together to show off their own knowledge in fire and football drills and challenges them to work together as a team to come out on top. 

“This year was the second year of the League and last night’s launch event saw the introduction of the Police Youth Volunteers, which has helped to combine another branch of the emergency services to increase all participants’ range of skills and to help break down barriers any young people might have of the emergency services.

“Each month the schemes come together over four days (different group of schemes on a different day) at a selected fire station, where they are tested by full time fire fighters on their knowledge of firefighting and drills. Each scheme will also participate in a different football skill test each month to help them gain further points, which is put together in a league format. The winners of the league are then put forward to a UK wide event which sees them participate against fire cadets from England, Scotland and Ireland to see who is the UK’s top fire cadet scheme. Last year’s winners of the Fire Cadet League Ammanford went onto win the UK wide event and be crowned the UK’s top fire cadet scheme.

“The league is a fantastic opportunity for those involved and allows the cadets to show off their fire station and their own knowledge. It’s great to see so many schemes coming together and getting along so well in a competitive atmosphere. I look forward to seeing the outcome of this year’s league and how we can work in partnership with the emergency services to help it grow further for next year,” Liam continued.

In addition to the young fire and police cadets present, first team defender Jordi Amat, accompanied by Club Ambassador Lee Trundle, was also in attendance at Morriston Fire Station to officially launch the league for 2017.

“It was great to meet everyone and they’re doing an amazing job with the fire cadets,” Jordi said after the event. “It’s a big opportunity for them and I’ve also had a really good time. It was good fun with nice people and I’ve learnt a lot about firefighting.”

Lee Trundle – who joined Rangel at last year’s launch - echoed Amat’s enthusiasm for the project, saying, “It’s been really good, we’ve done some team bonding exercises and we’ve had a look round at where they train.

“It’s very important for the Club and the Community Trust to support these programmes. The things we do for Swansea City Football Club is not just about football, it’s about the community and the city itself so to get out to something like this and to show the kids how important it is to be involved in these projects is great.”

With the aim of helping to recruit young people onto the Fire Cadet Project and to aid the fire services with the reduction of arson in Mid and West Wales, the League continues to build on the partnership between our PL Kicks project and the Fire Service.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Swansea City AFC Community Trust Kicks project,” said Elaine Williams, the MAWW Fire’s Youth Development Officer. “It presents an exciting opportunity for our Cadets along with South Wales Police Youth Volunteers to take part in physical and challenging activities in a fun environment. The success of the League last year means that is has expanded rapidly, which is evident with over 80 young people participating in a range of activities tonight.”

The League will now commence on a monthly basis at fire stations throughout our local communities, with one cadet scheme being crowned the champion at the end of the season.

For more information about PL Kicks, please contact Ian@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk


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