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Barnet Council launches Barnet Unite Kicks programme with Barnet FC
A football club has teamed up with the council to help unemployed teenagers and young offenders.
Barnet FC and Barnet Borough Council launched the Barnet Unites Kicks project at the end of September, aimed at 14 to 18-year-olds not in education, training or employment.
Up to 30 young people have been receiving four hours of sports coaching a week, and workshops on subjects such as crime, citizenship and money management.
They then have the opportunity to graduate to the Barnet FC Scholarship programme and gain Football Association qualifications.
The project was put together after a consultation with the youth and community service, the Safety Neighbourhood Teams and the Metropolitan Police.
BUK will build on the work of the similar Kickz scheme, which the police saw as a positive contributor to the 18.8 per cent reduction in crime over the past four years.
Barnet FC community trust manager Birtug Kazim, said: “We are pleased to have been given the opportunity to work with young people living in Barnet.
“We come across many creative, talented and enthusiastic young people who have so much to offer, and we’re delighted to help channel those energies into contributing positively to society and in supporting them developing into young adults.”
Councillor Robert Rams, cabinet member for customer access and partnerships, said: “The work that this project is setting out to do is important to local communities.
“I am confident that this project will inspire young people and give a kick-start to their career ambitions as sports coaches. With any luck, we may even see some become mentors and role models to future generations.”
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