Premier League Kicks for Bolton Wanderers
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Bolton Wanderers and social landlord Bolton at Home have teamed up to offer young people new sporting opportunities.
The plan is to get hundreds of teenagers across Tonge Moor, Westhoughton and Farnworth involved in the Premier League Kicks initiative- a programme offering professional football coaching and other sports, along with music and art activities.
Open to boys and girls aged 14-19 of all abilities, the scheme will also offer young people the chance to take part in a range of qualifications and volunteering opportunities.
Bolton at Home is investing £15,000, money which will be match funded by the Premier League.
Jon Lord, Bolton at Home's chief executive, said: "The idea behind this initiative is to engage with more young people and by doing so create safer, stronger and more respectful communities. We felt it was important that we as an organisation were involved, as we have knowledge and community links in the areas where many of these youngsters live.
"We urge as many young people as possible to sign up. We see enormous benefits for them, as well as for the wider community. There will be opportunities to engage in constructive activities, further develop their own skills through volunteering and coaching, as well as having fun taking part in the various activities on offer."
Ian Laithwaite, head of Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Bolton at Home to develop this project. Bolton Wanderers Community Trust provide a range of sport, health and educational activities to thousands of young people across Bolton each year and the Kicks project is a key element of our community cohesion work.
"We plan to work with Bolton at Home, using the brand of Bolton Wanderers, to engage young people and encourage them to become involved in the programme of activities within their local community. Furthermore, we hope all of the community will get behind the project and support the activities and get involved as either as a participant or a volunteer.”