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Premier League Kicks is one of the Premier League's flagship community programmes.

PL Kicks started in 2006 and has a long history of using the power of football and the value of sports participation to help youngsters in some of the most high-need areas.

By engaging young people in constructive activities, including a wide variety of sports, coaching, music and educational and personal development sessions, communities up and down the country have been transformed with impressive football and sports participation rates and the authorities reporting significant reductions in anti-social behaviour in the areas in which it is delivered.

The Bees in the community team have delivered the Primer League Kicks programme for over 10 years now. The project has been a nationwide success. With the project engaging more than 300,000 young people at hundreds of venues across the country. Sixty-nine professional clubs, including Barnet FC’s community team in the Premier League and English Football League (EFL) are now supported to deliver the programme via the Premier League Charitable Fund. The programme was formerly branded Kickz and began as a pilot project in London between the Premier League and the Metropolitan Police.

The latest programme vision is:

To inspire children and young people to achieve their potential and improve their wellbeing; working together to build stronger, safer and more inclusive communities.

With a mission statement to:

Use the reach and appeal of the Premier League and network of professional football clubs to regularly engage children and young people of all backgrounds and abilities in football, sport and personal development – providing a trusted, positive influence in high-need areas across England and Wales.

 

PL Kicks stated aims are to:

Increase playing, coaching and officiating opportunities in football and a range of sports (8-18yrs)

Enhance physical and mental wellbeing, including self-esteem, ambition and social skills

Strengthen communities with a culture of volunteering, social action and positive role models – supporting education, training and employment pathways (focusing on 16-25yrs)

Work in partnership with young people, the police and other stakeholders to support the younger generation with the societal challenges they face (eg youth violence) and to improve community safety

Inspire young people to develop positive, supportive relationships with one another and the authorities

Promote integration and champion equality, diversity and inclusion

 

Our weekly Sessions

Our current sessions are free of charge and you can turn up and play on a casual basis with no commitment if you are aged between 8-19 years old!

Session Type

Session Location

Day

Time

(Mixed) Football

The Hive London

Tuesday

15:30-16:30 (Term Time only)

(Mixed) Football

 8-13 Years

Unitas Youth Zone Burnt Oak

Wednesday

17:00-19:00

(Mixed) Football

Hertsmere Leisure Centre

Wednesday

17:30-18:30 (Term Time only)

(Mixed) Football

The Hive London

Thursday

15:30-16:30 (Term Time only)

Girls Football

Mill Hill Powerleague

Friday

15:30-17:00(Term Time only)

(Mixed) Football

14-19 Years

Unitas Youth Zone Burnt Oak

Friday

17:00-19:00

Inclusive Football

Unitas Youth Zone Burnt Oak

Sunday

11:00-12:00

 

Volunteers

We have had many successful volunteers move through our PL Kicks programme with 5 now employed within the foundation and working on a project like this. If you're interested in getting involved and gaining qualifications and experience and are aged between 14-18 years of age, contact our project coordinator Sian Osmond on sosmond@thehivefoundation.com to find out more!

Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. Available to every primary school in England and Wales, it inspires girls and boys aged 5-11 in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field. Teaching materials cover subjects from English and Maths to teamwork and PE, with free to download activity ideas, worksheets, lesson plans, fun assemblies and exclusive videos.

Learning is connected to the real world of sport to enthuse pupils when tackling challenging PSHE topics such as resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair-play. Bees in the community staff have been delivering in schools since 2016 and working with teachers to deliver fun, educational sessions in a range of subjects within local partner schools. Our coach’s delivery is designed to help primary school teachers improve their confidence and skills in delivering PE lessons. We also deliver competitions that range from national football tournaments, to creative writing and reading challenges for reluctant readers.

Premier League values underpin everything on offer, encouraging children to:

Be ambitious – work hard and never give up on their goals

Be inspiring – set a great example to others

Be connected –work well with others and in a team

Be fair – treat people equally and think of others

 

If you are interested in your school becoming a part of the Premier League Primary Stars project contact our project coordinator, Sian Osmond at sosmond@thehivefoundation.com, to find out how you can get involved. Don’t forget to check out the Premier League Primary Stars Website at https://plprimarystars.com/

 

 

Delivered in partnership with The Football Association, Premier League Girls Football aims to provide opportunities for females aged 11 and over to take part in the sport in a local community setting.

From the start of the 2016/17 season the programme is being delivered by almost 90 professional clubs who provide a wide variety of sessions aimed at different audiences. Nearly 9,000 girls have been engaged in the PL Girls Football programme since August 2015.

Clubs deliver innovative sessions such as glow in the dark football to emphasise the fun, social element of the sport and soccercise that uses football as way to keep fit.

For participants who want to progress in the game clubs create pathways with local community clubs to provide long term participation opportunities, whilst many clubs also deliver elements of the female talent pathway.

The programme has two main objectives:

  • To increase the number of women and girls playing football on a regular basis
  • To increase the opportunities for women and girls to develop skills and confidence and progress within the pathway as a player, coach or official

The programme achieves this by providing a fun and informal environment, allowing participants to progress at their own pace and make friends at the same time.          

The programme culminates in an annual event held prior to the Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium providing young people the opportunity to represent their club and meet new people.

Blog

Walking Football Team feature in launch of Heads Up

 

Barnet take on Indian Walking Football Team

Yesterday (Sunday 24th March 2019) we faced the Indian National Walking Football Team, a great experience for us to welcome them to The Hive!

 

Barnet WFT raise for Muswell Hill food bank 

With winter approaching, we used our sessions last week to help restock the Muswell Hill food bank 

An amazing response saw the food bank respond:

“You guys collected a massive 183.3kg of food, the largest non commercial donation Muswell Hill has ever had."

Pictures from our session and the goods at the food bank.

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all involved!

 

 

The Barnet Old Boys WIN THE CUP 

The Bobs recorded their first tournament victory  with an excellent set of results at The Hive Friday 

Captain Dave Marett marshalled the Barnet old boys superbly in windy conditions 

To win the Round Robin without conceding a goal ...

Dagenham  2-0 

Orient          2-0

Paringdon   0-0

Bracknell.   2-0

Barnet B.    2-0 

 

Congratulations to keeper bill charge on 5 clean sheets, with Alan Barton scoring 5 goals to win team player of the tournament along with goals by Paul Strom, Dave Marett and Remo 

All matches were played in an excellent spirit with the true winner walking football.

 

Final table 

Barnet A.      13pts 

Bracknell.     10

Barnet B        9

Orient.           4

Paringdon     3

Dagenham.   2 

 

Olympic Spirit

The Barnet WFT returned from a great day out at the Olympic Stadium as guests of Mark Blythe from the West Ham Foundation.

We adapted well to playing 3 touch football on grass, opening the mini tournamentwit a 0-0 draw against West Ham A. We then met a strong Wolves team and we unluckily hit the bar in a close fought 0-0 draw. Victory came in our final match with a 1-0 win over West Ham B, a 5 man move ended with John Cockburn firing home.

A successful tournament ended with fab seats to watch the Hammers play Wolves courtesy of West Ham United.

 

WFT member called up to England

The Barnet WFT would like to congratulate it’s defensive midfield dynamo Tom Moran on his  International call up.

Tom will join the England Walking Football Team squad traveling to Jenner Park, Barry, for the Three Lions fixture with Wales on Saturday, September 8.

We wish Tom and the squad every success .

 

Barnet represented at EFL Finals

Barnet WFT have just returned from competing in the prestigious EFL Trust Finals, held at Saint George’s Park - home of the England teams.

With its first class facilities and memorabilia, it was an amazing experience, as the 8 finalists from an initial 50 battled it out to be the best EFL team in England

As the smallest trust team and one of the few not to play in a league, we knew it would be tough.

The Bees opened by beating Portsmouth 3-1 and drawing 0-0 with Grimsby. Unlucky 1-0 defeats to Norwich & Bradford City saw us finish 3rd in our group so technically the 5th best EFL team in England.

Bees player Trevor Warren had a lengthy interview with ITV news and we appeared on regional news around the SE. To add to the occasion, we met many ex-players including a very friendly Norman Hunter.

A great time was had promoting the good name of Barnet FC