Bolton trip for Kicks group
Kicks participants head north for Premier League tournament
Last Saturday, eleven players from our Kicks programme headed up north to represent Norwich City FC in a five-a-side tournament in Bolton.
The youngsters, from the Great Yarmouth, Gorleston & Sewell Park Kicks groups, joined representatives from four other Premier League and Football League clubs including Bolton Wanderers, Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Everton.
It was a tough start for both Norwich A and Norwich B with two losses and three draws, but they continued to put in valiant performances against strong opposition.
The tournament was won by Liverpool FC who won every game bar one, a 2-2 draw against Norwich A. Norwich City FC’s two teams finished third and fourth respectively.
Prior to the matches, the participants were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of Bolton Wanderers’ ground, the Macron Stadium, where they got to visit the players tunnel, go pitch side and see the first team changing rooms.
The teams also took part in a ‘Football v Homophobia’ awareness workshop, which was very well received.
CSF Kicks Co-ordinator, Jackson Ramm, reflected after:
“The trip was extremely beneficial for the lads, they were an absolute credit to the football club and this was a great opportunity for lots of team-bonding and socialising with other Kicks participants.
“Furthermore, the trip gave the boys a small insight into what it is like to be a professional footballer as they were treated to an all-inclusive hotel stay the night before the tournament.
“Thanks to Bolton FC for organising the tournament and for being such excellent hosts.”
Following the tournament, the boys had the opportunity to watch the Championship fixture between Bolton Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers.
Funded by the Premier League, with additional support from CSF’s Sporting Light Appeal, Kicks targets young people who have previously proven difficult to reach and helps guide them towards a range of sporting activities.
To find out more about the Kicks programme click here or contact Jackson.Ramm@canaries.co.uk
Norwich A: Lewis Carroll, Luke Boddy, Daniel Pinheiro, Sean Brick, Jack Bayfield & Eduardo Djalo.
Norwich B: Callum Ellis, Tyler Davis, Trae Duffus, Ismael, Lewis Cotton.
Story added: 26 Feb 2016