Five youngsters from our Kicks project travelled to the new Manchester City Academy to take part in a 5-a-side football competition last Saturday (7th February 2015).
The tournament was organised by Sam Brown from the Manchester City In the Community and included teams from Manchester City, Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers, Hull City and Blackburn Rovers.
There was also a ‘Kick it Out’ workshop which uses the slogan ‘One Game, One Community’ to highlight the importance for equality from within the game of football at all levels from grass roots up to the Premier League.
This was an opportunity for the boys from Hull to visit and play at the new 200million pound complex before attending the Premier League game between Manchester City and Hull City, a once in a lifetime experience for the boys who all regularly attend our project.
“It was an amazing day, I really loved playing in the competition and we managed to win the last game 1-0 which was quite an achievement because we’d never played as team before” – Jean Claude Kalilwa.
The team who represented the club in the tournament, finishing in 4th place were Omar Hammadeh, Izmat Hammadeh, Jean Claude Kalilwa, Callum Sexon and Callum Bradshaw. The team wore the Tigers colours with pride and rounded off the tournament with a superb 1-0 win, Callum Bradshaw bagging the goal.
“The boys really worked as a team and stuck together. Their superb attitude helped them to gain a super win in their last game. The boys thoroughly deserved the reward of attending the Manchester City v Hull City game for their commitment. It was a great day out for everyone”. Kristian Walmsley, Coach.
Everyone involved would like to thank Sam Brown and all the staff at Manchester City in the Community for hosting the competition and for showing great generosity throughout the day.
The next competition is at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 14th February 2015.
Kicks offers free football and various other sports and activities to young people aged 12-18 years living in communities across the City of Hull. Please contact us if you would like to get involved on 01482 358371.
Well done boys, you did us proud!