Kick It Out supports successful football festival in Bristol
Kick It Out, alongside a number of community partners in the Bristol region, came together in the city last Friday (8 April) for a football festival event to finish the Easter school holidays on a high.
The organisation worked alongside Bristol City’s Community Trust, Gloucestershire FA and Bristol City Council’s Sport4life to stage the event at City Academy Sports Centre.
The morning saw eight to 11-year-olds take part in a number of activities, including skills sessions, shooting activities, art workshops with graffiti artist (Nick Halahan from olasart.com) and Kick It Out education workshops.
Football freestyler Frankie Vu was present throughout the day showcasing some wonderful tricks, while the afternoon session saw 12 to 18-year-olds engage in a number of football-related activities.
Troy Townsend, Education and Development Manager at Kick It Out, said: “It was great to work with partners who have an in-depth knowledge of the local area.
“The involvement of all the partners was a big benefit from our point of view and to see everything come together with lots of young people enjoying themselves, and learning some important messages about equality and anti-discrimination work, was a big positive.”
Kick It Out is now looking at further community activities within the local area after the success of this initial event.
Amy Kington, Director at Bristol City’s Community Trust added: “Lots of young people attended to find out what’s on offer from all the organisations.
“It could be the first contact they’ve had with any of the partners so we have to make sure it’s a lasting one. Football acts as a catalyst and a platform to talk about things you wouldn’t otherwise get to engage with young people about.
“I’m hoping they’ve had a great experience and would like to see them getting involved in some of the other community events, or maybe even make that leap of faith and support Bristol City.”
Darron Hamilton, Sport and Funding Officer at Sport4Life, commented: “The young people were enthused by the activities they took part in.
“In particular, some of the education work. There were subjects they wouldn’t have necessarily thought or talked about, which was good to see as they’re important messages.
“Sport is such an important avenue for young people and we to do lots of engagement work in the local are to try and point them towards other opportunities.”