School holidays can be a struggle for students as they try to find activities to fill their time with no school or college - but for participants on our Kicks programme that wasn’t the case this February half-term.
Participants who attend our weekly Kicks sessions in Kensington and Chelsea, Pimlico and Fulham were all given the opportunity to sign up on our holiday Kicks programme which entitled them to three days of workshops and fun-filled activities.
Following the theme of employability, participants visited Stamford Bridge last Tuesday where they took part in a workshop delivered by Sky Sports News day editor Laurie Tucker and a current apprentice.
The activities continued on Wednesday when the participants took part in a football tournament at Cobham before the week was completed with a trip to Newmarket to the British Racing School where participants got to watch how horses are prepared and also got to ride mechanical and real horses.
Chelsea FC Foundation senior social inclusion officer Andrew Ducille said: ‘We’ve organised a holiday programme similar to the one we did in October - that was based around knife crime and gangs but the focus for this week has been employability.
‘We had Sky Sports News come in and talk about their apprenticeship scheme, Let Me Play who are a local organisation also came to talk about their apprenticeship scheme and some other speakers also came in to talk about mindset and making goals.
‘It’s important that we do this as it helps to bring everyone together. We’ve had three of our participants from our Centre Point homeless sessions join us too so it’s an opportunity to integrate people.
‘It’s about helping to build friendships and also working with them to find ways in which to make them more employable.’
Kicks participant Tsai Yemoh-Defoe said: ‘The three days were great and gave me an insight into a lot of areas.
‘I want to do an apprenticeship so listening to Sky and Let Me Play really helped with ideas on what I want to do.
‘At Cobham seeing Olivier Giroud, Jorginho and Emerson was a real highlight, as well as playing football.
‘The horse riding was something that I would never have done and riding a horse was an experience I will never forget.’
To find out more on our social inclusion programmes, click here