Football event helps reduce youth crime

Over 200 young people from across Sussex, including youngsters from Hastings Ore and St Leonards, came together to participate in a unique football tournament held in Brighton’s Preston Park recently.

It was part of an initiative to help reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Regional Summer Kicks tournament run by Albion in the Community (AITC) in partnership with American Express, brought together youngsters from AITC’s Kicks projects across the region. The tournament was supported by 20 Amex employees who helped organise the day and referee matches alongside AITC coaches.

The tournament is part of the wider national Premier League Kicks programme run locally by AITC, which gives youngsters aged 11-19 from targeted deprived areas of Sussex the chance to participate in free weekly football and sport sessions and access to awareness workshops tackling social issues.

Hastings and Ore coach Darren Horsman said: “This is the second year we’ve brought together youngsters from all of our Kicks projects across Sussex. It’s great to see them interacting so positively with each other in an event of this scale.”

Martin Schooley, AITC’s Inclusion Manager said: “The Kicks programme is all about giving youngsters the chance to play sport in a supportive, inclusive environment and promoting the values of respect and understanding. Through the programme we’re aiming to build safer, stronger communities, by developing the potential of youngsters across the region.”

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