Fusion and MCT free coaching courses a hit
The new nine-a-side floodlit outdoor 3G pitch, which opened in June 2014, enjoys an exciting new partnership between Fusion Lifestyle and Millwall Community Trust where young people can now look forward to free weekly football coaching sessions.
A newly laid football turf at Bellingham Leisure and Lifestyle Centre in Lewisham is already going down well with local aspiring young footballers.
Premier League Kicks, which began as a pilot project in London between the Premier League and the Metropolitan Police in 2006, uses football to bring communities together and engage with young people.
The vision is to "build safer, stronger, more respectful communities through the development of young peoples' potential", getting to youngsters who had previously proven difficult to reach and guiding them towards a range of healthy and constructive activities.
Millwall coaches will be at the centre every Friday evening between 6-8pm targeting young people aged between 12-18, to take part in the award winning national programme.
The first session took place last week and engaged over two dozen young people, who were put through their paces in various coaching drills and small sided matches. Friendly matches are already being arranged and the first one in the diary is against local rivals Charlton Athletic.
Jay Franklin-Lester from the Metropolitan Police said: "Lewisham Police applaud and support the outstanding work being done by Millwall Community Trust with the Kicks project.
"This vital work reaches into the community and gives training, focus and achievement to our young people. It is key in helping to reducing Serious Youth Violence, overall youth offending as well as increasing skills and opportunities.
"This in turn provides real and tangible outcomes for the people of Lewisham in lower crime and Anti-Social Behaviour levels across the borough."
Millwall's Community Development Officer Dean Burrowes who is managing the programme added: "This opportunity for young people to play at this facility on a weekly basis is a great privilege. To be coached by qualified coaches will improve their technical ability and bring the young people together to create community cohesion in the local area."
For further information about the work undertaken by the Millwall Community Trust please call 020 7740 0503.