From Birmingham South Police:
POLICE in south Birmingham are urging local youngsters to show boredom the red card and join them for some top quality football coaching.
In partnership with the Kickz football project, the football coaching scheme is looking set to expand in the Northfield constituency and officers want to see more local youngsters get involved.
Attendees to the project currently receive professional football coaching and training from Kickz staff and coaches from Birmingham City football club.
They also have the opportunity to play in various football competitions, which last year saw them visit Old Trafford (Manchester United) and next month will see them play at the Molineux (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
The scheme has proved so successful with participants that there are plans in place to expand the scheme to offer various workshops and other sports such as tag rugby.
Sessions are free to attend and are open to anyone between the ages of 10-17. There are three sessions a week: On Monday and Friday evenings the coaching takes place between 7pm and 9pm at Turves Green Focus Centre (Rear of Turves Green Girls School). The other session runs on a Tuesday evening between 5.30pm and 7.30pm at Colmers Astro Turf, Birmingham Great Park.
PC Chris Turner, from the Longbridge neighbourhood team helps co-ordinate the scheme, he said: “The Kickz project is proven to benefit the whole community. It helps break down barriers between the police and young people, helps reduce anti-social behaviour and gives youngsters the opportunity the meet new friends and learn new skills.
“Therefore, I would urge local young people to come along and give it a try. I can guarantee they will have a great time and the more people we get involved the more activities we can offer.
“It’s not very often that the opportunity to receive free professional coaching or have the chance to play at premier league football stadiums comes along. In addition, you never know, one of the visiting scouts might give you the chance to be the next big football star!”
To find out more about the scheme please contact PC Chris Turner from the Longbridge neighbourhood policing team by calling 101 or visit www.birminghamsouthpolice.org.uk