Tuesday 18th June 2013
Recently a group of attendees from the Samuel Montagu Youth Club in Kidbrooke took part in the Millwall Kickz Cup, run by Millwall Community Scheme at Bacon’s College in Rotherhithe.
The Kickz programme, which is delivered by both Charlton Athletic Community Trust and the Millwall Community Scheme, aims to build safer, stronger, more respectful communities through the development of young people’s potential. One of the main aims of Kickz is to encourage volunteering and create routes into education. Kickz is targeted at those living in communities where young people are considered to be more vulnerable to crime either as victims or potential offenders.
Kickz also aims to engage with young people who have previously proven difficult to reach by guiding them towards a range of healthy and constructive activities.
Fourteen young people, who regularly attend Friday night Kickz sessions run by the Trust at SMYC, went to the event, which took place during the Whitsun half-term break.
All of the attendees were aged 11 and 12 and represented Charlton Athletic in the tournament. Over 20 teams took part in the day, of which most were made up with participants who regularly attend Kickz sessions run by Millwall Community Scheme. The setup of the tournament was 7-a-side, with both teams being unable to go into the penalty areas to either defend or attack.
The Charlton attendees were split up into two teams of seven players. Both teams were entered into different groups on separate pitches. One of the Charlton teams played 6 games, winning 3, drawing 1 and losing 2. This team narrowly missed out by a couple of points on going through to the knock out stages of the competition, eventually finishing 2nd with only the top team going through.
Matt Horne, Youth Service Partnership and Valley Central Manager, said, “The boy’s attitude and behaviour all day was excellent as they upheld the sort of standards that people who are involved with Charlton Athletic would like to have seen. Despite neither team making the knockout rounds of the tournament and the fact that the rain was lashing down from start to finish, all of the boys thoroughly enjoyed their day.
Justin, who took part in the tournament, added, “I loved playing for Charlton for the day. I think both teams played really well and were unlucky not to qualify. The only bad thing about the day was the weather."
One of the parents who watched the tournament, commented, “It was a fantastic opportunity for the boys to represent Charlton Athletic. They played extremely well against some bigger opponents and did themselves proud. They behaved brilliantly and were a credit to the football club and themselves. I am proud of them all.”