The partnership uses football to promote responsible citizenship, learning and skill development for our tenants and the community. We have converted a shop in on one of our estates to a Kickz Learning Centre for educational and leisure use. It consists of a class room with internet IT enabling educational work and qualification, chill out area, television, games machines, kitchen and office.
Kickz sessions are held at the Hermitage School on Wednesday and Friday nights and a project night on a Thursday for 13-19 year olds. These sessions provide young people with leisure and educational activities for free. While keeping young people off the streets it teaches football skills and tackles issues such as poor health, crime, provides access to training and helps gain employment skills. Crime in the area has reduced by 26% and 166 young people have registered with 20-30 attending per session.
Kickz 5 Year Celebration
Five years of Kickz was celebrated in September 2011 with a reception in the House of Commons. The Home Secretary hailed the work of all 43 clubs who run Kickz in their local communities.
As part of the celebrations a five year celebration document has been produced that helps people understand all about Kickz which included a feature about Cestria's partnership with the Sunderland Foundation. Click here to view the five year celebration document.
You can also view the Kickz case studies including one with Cestria by clicking here.