Eagles star Wilfried Zaha recently went back to where it all began for him by meeting youngsters who are currently participating in the Premier League Kicks programme in Croydon.
The in-form winger visited the venue at Canterbury Road to take a look at some of the talent on display, having participated in a similar Kicks project as a youngster where the winger started his journey towards the Palace first-team with help from the Crystal Palace Foundation.
After watching the kids in action, Zaha offered some advice to the participants of the project, which is run in conjunction with the Foundation. and emphasised their need to work hard and stay focused. He also mentioned that community programmes linked to professional football clubs, like this one in Croydon, can produce opportunities to be noticed as well as keeping kids on a positive track.
London Premier League Kicks, delivered by 12 football clubs in the capital, targets young people and gives them positive life chances by offering mentoring, coaching and career advice, as well as the chance to take part in structured, regular football sessions.
Projects such as Kicks not only give young people the chance to do something positive with their time outside of school hours, it gives them the chance to learn skills in a fun, engaging and constructive environment.
By using the power of football and the iconic badge of Crystal Palace the Foundation have been building a safer, stronger community among the young people of south London.