Some examples of community and youth engagement through sport from Lambeth, London in the UK and the premier leagues ‘Kicks Programme’:
UK wide, the engagement of premier league football teams with community, engagement and youth development in disadvantaged communities through the kicks programme is an ongoing and well received programme:
Kicks & Social Inclusion
Lauded by partners, our work to engage disadvantaged young people, and to broaden and sustain participation of females in sport has produced tremendous results. As a founding member of the Premier League Kicks programme, we have a long history of engaging boys and girls aged 11-18 in areas of need. Our programmes have expanded over the years to include a greater variety of sports, as well as volunteer opportunities and the chance for participants to earn recognised qualifications.
We work with local authorities, including the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, the Homeless Football Association, housing associations, The Young Lambeth Cooperative, and programme participants to deliver activities that are appealing and relevant to young people.
One example is Fulham FC’s work in London: