Youngsters head north for Kicks Cup
Squad represent City in annual Premier League tournament
Over 600 young people travelled to Nottinghamshire last Thursday to compete in the Premier League’s annual Kicks Cup.
The event, which was held at the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham, saw representative teams from 53 Premier League and Football League clubs take part in an Under 16 mixed tournament and an Under 16 Girls' competition.
Norwich City FC was represented in the tournament by eight attendees of the Great Yarmouth, Sewell Park and Gorleston Kicks sessions, which are delivered by the Community Sports Foundation.
The team put in a gallant performance in every game but finished with a total of eight points which was not enough to make it out of the group stage.
U16 mixed tournament winners West Ham United celebrated their third consecutive win following a dominant performance where they did not concede a goal in the whole competition, while the Newcastle United U16 Girls' team retained the trophy they won in Liverpool last year.
Former England midfielder, Jermaine Jenas (pictured above with members of the Norwich City FC representative team), returned to his roots in Nottingham to watch all the action on the day. He said:
“I can’t tell you how good it feels to be back here where I used to play football as a youngster and to see the kids enjoying themselves, keeping fit and playing the beautiful game. All these kids have had the opportunity to represent where they’re from in their true colours today, it’s great to see.”
In addition to the football fixtures, the youngsters were able to take part in various sporting activities including golf and handball, as well as display some skills with football freestyler, Colin Nell. The squad also attended an Anti-Radicalisation workshop, which was delivered by Media Culture UK.
Ex Forest player John McGovern was also a special guest at the event. He reflected afterwards:
"Young people have a lot of energy and if they are active and you can get them interested to play football, it saves them getting into trouble in other areas. It's a great way to form relationships with your team-mates, so socially it's very good for building the character of youngsters."
Kicks targets young people who have previously proven difficult to reach and helps guide them towards a range of sporting activities. The programme is delivered in partnership with many police forces and is funded nationally by the Premier league.
CSF Kicks Co-ordinator, Jackson Ramm, said the tournament was an excellent reward for the team:
“It's been a fantastic atmosphere here, today. The lads don't have the chance to play others from around the country regularly and for them to have this opportunity is brilliant."
“Thanks to the Premier League for organising such a well-run event and to Nottingham for hosting. I’m sure the boys will remember it well!"
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Norwich City Squad: Callam Woods, Sean Brick, Callum Gallant, Rory Porter-Davies, Trae Duffus, Jack Bayfield, Lewis Cotton, Daniel Pinheiro
Premier League Kicks Cup (The Recreation Ground, Nottingham)
Group stage 1
Game 1 – vs. Fulham 0-0 (D)
Game 2 – vs. Millwall 0-3 (L)
Game 3 – vs. Bolton Wanderers 1-0 (W)
Game 4 – vs. Coventry City 0-1 (L)
Game 5 – vs. Stoke City 0-0 (D)
Game 6 – vs. Bristol Rovers 2-1 (W)
Did not qualify, eliminated from the tournament.
Story added: 12 Apr 2016