Coaches and participants from Palace for Life Foundation’s community engagement programme joined club legend Mark Bright at a special reception with the Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street.
The reception, on Monday 15th July, followed the Government’s recently formed Ministerial Taskforce on Serious Violence and recognised role models, volunteers and frontline workers across the country dedicating their lives to reducing youth violence.
Mark Bright, Under-23 Director at Palace, said: "I was honoured to represent Palace at Downing Street and to help shine a light on the positive work being done by the Premier League and our Foundation to create safer communities for young people through sport."
Bright was joined by George Henry, Targeted Intervention Manager at Palace for Life, Angel O’Dwyer, Community Development Officer, and three young people who attend PL Kicks football sessions with Palace for Life at Canterbury Road in Croydon.
Sport has the power to change lives. We held a reception to celebrate the volunteers who are working to steer young people away from violence.— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) July 16, 2019
We caught up with @Mark__Bright to ask how the @PremierLeague Kicks programme uses the power of football to help young people. ⚽ pic.twitter.com/wtks7Kfy4e
PL Kicks regularly engages children and young people of all backgrounds and abilities, in football, sport and personal development – providing a trusted, positive influence in high-need areas across England and Wales.
Malachi and Daniel, both 11, and Rebecca, 15, were selected to attend Downing Street thanks to their hard work and dedication at sessions this year, with Rebecca having recently signed for Sutton United FC.
George Henry, who also attended PL Kicks football sessions when he was younger, said: “PL Kicks is an excellent community initiative that provides access to free sport and social activities in areas where there isn’t always much for young people to do.
“I was really pleased we were able to bring Malachi, Daniel and Rebecca. It was amazing to see them playing football on Downing Street and enjoying the experience!”
The group joined representatives from Manchester City and Aston Villa to take part in a kick-about before meeting the Prime Minister, Theresa May, to talk about PL Kicks and Palace for Life.
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