A CAMPAIGN aimed at using football to tackle anti-social behaviour and youth crime kicked off at Hastings Academy.
The Premier League Kicks programme run by Brighton & Hove Albion was launched last week with the help of Glenn Rae, one of the club’s young players.
The programme is run by Albion in the Community (AITC), the charity arm of the club. It is expected that hundreds of 12- 19-year-olds will take part in the free sessions at the Hastings Academy and St Leonards Academy.
Sussex Police and the Hastings Community Safety Partnership are supporting the initiative and have worked closely with AITC to identify areas to run the sessions, which will also offer young people opportunities to access education and training.
Speaking at the launch Glenn said: “I really enjoyed being involved in the session and meeting the lads who took part. I grew up in quite a tough area so I know how football and sport can help keep you out of trouble at that age. It can also give you the confidence and discipline you sometimes need to make positive changes in your life.”
AITC’s Kick’s projects in Brighton have been running since 2008 and are credited by police for helping to reduce anti-social behaviour.
The charity is expanding the programme into Hastings for the first time.
The three-year programme is part of the national Premier League Kicks scheme, which supports and funds more than 100 projects at 42 Premier and Football League clubs across the country. AITC is running four sessions every week – two in Ore and two in St Leonards.
Regular, weekly sessions are taking place on the following dates and venues: Wednesdays and Fridays, 5-6pm – HASLA Sports Centre, Ore, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-6pm,St Leonards Academy, St Leonards.
For more information about the scheme call 07921 253085 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.