HOW IT WORKS
Teenage Kickz involves taking constructive activity into targeted local estates and neighbourhoods with high instances of anti-social behaviour (ASB). The club and delivery partners provide three sessions per week for 48 weeks of the year at times that have been identified with high levels of crime or ASB. The three sessions will include football coaching, competitions and a flexible session, the content of which will be influenced by the young people. This could include aspects such as other sports (e.g. basketball, street dance and gym), music based sessions and a range of developmental activities e.g. Drug Awareness, Healthy Eating, Volunteering, Career Development and Anti-Weapons Workshops
The target age range is 12-18 and the project aims to 'home grow' the youth leaders, volunteers and coaches of the future. Some participants that show commitment to the project can be offered coaching and volunteering opportunities, and once accredited some may be offered employment throught the project as a role mode for others.
The project is targeted geographically and participation on the scheme is by self referral, with a mix of boys and girls from the local community taking part. The project uses the hook of football and the association with Derry City Football Club enables opportunities such as player appearances, payers taking part in coaching sessions etc.