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Vale of Glamorgan council supported Barry Kicks community football project celebrates three-year anniversary at Colcot sports centre

 

A sports club supported by the Vale of Glamorgan Council that is dedicated to helping young people in Barry has celebrated its three-year anniversary.

 

Published:10 August 2017


Barry Kicks has held weekly community football sessions at Colcot Sports Centre since its formation in July 2015 with the aim of tackling anti-social behaviour across the Vale.


During that time, more than 200 people have taken part in the weekly football sessions and the team has recruited five volunteers.

 

Barry Kicks team with Simon Jones

 

To mark their three-year milestone, the team presented Colcot Sports Centre manager Simon Jones with artwork of the Wales football team.


Members of the Barry Kicks scheme helped create the portraits in December before showing them to the players themselves.

 

The paintings were then divided up and displayed in schools and community buildings around the Vale. They will now feature on the walls of local leisure centres, including Colcot Sporst Centre, where six new state-of-the-art 3G pitches recently opened.


Barry Kicks are part of the Cardiff City Premier League Kicks project, which offers free sports coaching sessions to young people aged between 13 and 19. The group has taken part in regional tournaments, as well as being invited to represent Cardiff City in a number of national tournaments.


Barry Communities First, an anti-poverty programme operated by the Vale Council, Newydd Housing Association and Vale Homes work in partnership with Cardiff City Foundation to deliver the project.

“It’s great to hear that Barry Kicks is going from strength to strength and it is a testament to how hard the team has worked over the past three years. The opportunities to play in regional tournaments and to represent Cardiff City is fantastic and I hope this news encourages more people to join the club.” - Councillor Gordon Kemp, Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health & Leisure

Barry Kicks will continue to run every Thursday from 6pm – 8pm, starting on Thursday September 7.

 

“Representatives from Barry Kicks took part in an arts project with Pippins Designs where they painted Welsh Football players. Due to their incredible achievements, we found it only fitting for those young people to present Legacy Leisure with the pictures on the projects anniversary which has been promised to be placed around the local leisure centres.” - Barry Communities First’s Community Wellbeing Coach, Adele Twomey


For more information, contact Barry Communities First on 01446 709432 or email communitiesfirst@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk