Great time had by all
Over the weekends of the 20th and 27th April, teams from the Millwall Kickz programme in Lewisham & Southwark came together to participate in the Under 14, Under 16, Under 18, and Girls Only categories of the Kickz Cup 2013.
The regional tournaments were hosted by Leyton Orient, Barnet and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and incorporated workshops delivered by 'Kick it Out' to challenge young people’s views on equality, diversity and 'banter'.
The first tournament was held at Leyton Orient, and saw the Millwall Under 14 team begin very strongly, putting in some great performances and being noticed by the other competing clubs, who didn't look forward to facing this Millwall side.
The Under 16 team started slower but soon found their feet and started picking up results to leave them in contention of going through to the national finals. Although both teams maintained consistency throughout, both teams were unfortunate to miss out on goal difference in the final tally up.
It was then on to Barnet's training ground The Hive for the Under 18 competition. The team, which was made up of young people from Kickz Rotherhithe, played teams off the park with great displays of technical expertise and finished strongly, coming back from 2-0 down against Charlton finish the tie 2-2. As with the younger age teams, the boys were unfortunate not to progress the national finals after again missing out by goal difference.
It was then down to the girls team to carry the Millwall banner in Wolverhampton, and they did so with style. For many of the team this was the first football tournament that they had competed in, although this did not faze them as the team finished in joint second place and will now progress to the national finals, taking place at West Ham's Upton Park on Saturday 8th June.
Community Development Officer Tom Rolt, who managed all of the Millwall teams, commented: "We would like to thank all of the Kickz staff for organising the tournaments this year. Also a big thank you to Troy Townsend and his Kick it Out team for delivering superb equality workshops at all the events. The content and issues raised from the workshops had a positive impact on the football, which was of the highest standard throughout. All of the young people involved did themselves proud."
The Millwall teams competing were made up by young people who regularly engage in the Millwall Kickz projects in Rotherhithe, Peckham, Sydenham and Downham. For more information about the Millwall Kickz programme please contact Millwall Community on 020 7740 0503.
Congratulations to all of the Kickz participants that represented Millwall in this year's Kickz Cup, with special congratulations to our Girls team. Watch this space to find out how they get on at Upton Park.
C'mon you Lions!