On Tuesday 19th March Blues defender Taylor Moore paid a visit to SUCET's Premier League Kicks session at Waterside Leisure centre in Canvey as part of the English Football Leagues Day of Action...
It is designed to showcase the very best of work that community trusts do to tackle a diverse range of social issues, from homelessness and mental health to community cohesion and the battle against plastic pollution.
Up and down the country, managers and players from the EFL’s 72 Clubs also be attended events to pay special visits to participants and turn their hand to some of the activities taking place throughout the day.
The Premier League Kicks programme is a national project delivered across the UK by professional football clubs. We use the hook of the football club to engage with young people 12-19 in deprived areas across Southend and Castle Point through the power of sport.
The project has been set up to create a pathway for young people by reducing crime including anti-social behavior and to make a positive impact in the community.
Once engaged we to seek to encourage participation through incentives, workshops, qualifications, and team building activities. Opportunities include volunteering and coaching pathways.
Taylor spoke to participants about life as a pro and gave some advice to budding footballers looking to make it their career.
The Bristol City loanee spoke about starting out and going on lone to a number of clubs as well as scoring his first professional goal this season. The participants also quizzed Taylor on his hobbies including his FIFA card rating and life off the pitch.
We caught up with Taylor after his appearance, he had this to say,
“I have done a few appearances with the club this season, who do their absolute best to help out in the community and I think days like today where you see all the boys and girls that do come down here all for the same reason which is football. It helps to unite everyone and is a massive boost for everyone in the community.”
Project Officer Oliver Bennett spoke about the importance of having members of the first-team squad at sessions and how getting the support from players like Taylor is a huge asset to the programme.
"The participants love having them down they’re fantastic role models for the boys and girls in attendance."
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