Blades kids’ project scores cash windfall

Community role given cash boost. Pictured: Blades captain Chris Morgan with Kickz coordinator Keith Ward.
Community role given cash boost. Pictured: Blades captain Chris Morgan with Kickz coordinator Keith Ward.

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A football in the community project in Sheffield has 25,000 reasons to celebrate today after being given a massive cash boost.

Lloyds TSB has agreed to pay £25,000 over the next two years, towards the funding of Sheffield United’s Kickz project to ensure the project can continue in the Sharrow and Broomhall areas of the city.

Kickz, organized by the United Initiative, has been running in Sharrow since 2007 and with the recent expansion to Broomhall has worked with around 900 youngsters aged 12 to 18 years old.

Activities include five football sessions a week, two youth clubs and dance sessions.

Sue Beeley, head of community at Sheffield United, added: “The funding from Lloyds TSB Foundation will help to develop our Kickz work further and look for additional partners and sponsors to ensure sustainability of the project moving forward.

“We thank them for their support.”

Pat Greenwood is the region’s grant manager at Lloyds TSB Foundation. She said: “We are very proud to support the United Initiative which provides disadvantaged young people with great opportunities they would otherwise miss out on and the skills to move into employment or further training.

“We wish United Initiative every success for the future and I encourage other registered charities helping disadvantaged people to visit www.lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk to see if their work is eligible for funding.”

Ian Roberts from South Yorkshire Police, said: “We have seen Kickz enjoy a very positive impact in the Sharrow and Broomhall areas of Sheffield. It has contributed to a reduction in anti-social behaviour locally and we look forward to working with Kickz in the future to continue this excellent work.”

Sheffield United Kickz has also secured almost £3,000 of funding from the Central Community Assembly Youth Choose event to support football sessions in Sharrow and Broomhall.

This money will be added to a donation received from Sheffield Homes through the Your Community Your Choice event back in March. The Kickz project is supported nationally by the Premier League Charitable Trust.