Kicks Tournament brings young people together from across our area +3rd May 2017
Culture is the theme around Hull and the East Riding during 2017, the Tigers Trust’s Premier League Kicks project decided to play its part in the City of Culture buzz by hosting its own regional tournament and inviting groups of young people from across Hull and East Riding. The tournament took part during the Easter half term, with 7 teams invited to take part on April the 20th 2017.
Pete Walker, Premier League Kicks Coordinator, said, “We invited a range of groups from around Hull and East Riding to take part in our 6-a-side tournament, we thought it would be great to have groups from all different corners of our region take part.
We had teams from our own Kicks sessions from the West, East and North of Hull, teams from Goole, Bridlington and a Refugee team. It was great to see such a range of young people from different communities and cultures all take part in this tournament, which was played in good spirit and very healthy competition throughout.
We was also extremely grateful of the volunteers that offered their time in helping referee games, we had a range of volunteers from the University of Hull and the Humberside Police”.
The tournament consisting of 7 teams all played 12 games in a league format to see who could come out on top at the end of the day, in a tightly contested tournament which went right down to the wire saw the team from Goole and the Kicks team representing the KCOM Stadium session finish joint top of the league, only to be split on goal difference which saw the Kicks team take the title.
Mike Nicholson from the East Riding Council said, “It was a great experience for our teams from Bridlington and Goole to come and take part in the tournament at the Tigers trust Arena, they really enjoyed the day and it’s a good for them to integrate with other young people from similar backgrounds”.
Garry Clutterbrook from Achieve Potentials added, “The young people we brought to the tournament from the east of Hull knew some of the players, so it’s a great opportunity for them to take part in a friendly competition against each other as well as meet new people from around Hull and East Riding”.
As the Humberside Police were in attendance to help officiate games as well as engage with the young people, we caught up with Inspector Craig Mattinson, who said, “It’s a pleasure for us to take part in events like this, it was fantastic to see over 50 young people from different communities, backgrounds and nationalities all engaging with each other through football. It’s a great advert for community cohesion, especially during our city of culture year.
A huge thanks must go to the East Riding Council and Achieve Potentials for bringing their teams to the tournament, as well as the volunteers from the University of Hull and the Humberside Police for officiating games. Thanks must also go to the Premier League for continued support with the PL Kicks project.
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