Middlesbrough Football Club (MFC) Foundation launched Kicks in 2006.
The premier league funds the Kicks initiative nationally. The programme uses football and the brand of a professional football club to engage with eight to 18-year-olds in deprived areas. The PCC has previously awarded funding to the programme.
MFC Foundation has asked for funding to continue Kicks in Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland.
Many of the young people attending Kicks are known offenders or at risk of offending. Programme benefits are expected to include a reduction in youth crime and anti-social behaviour and an increase in community cohesion.
Therefore, Kicks supports the PCC’s objectives of tackling re-offending, working together to make Cleveland Safer and Securing the future of our communities.
The PCC has awarded £24,000 from the PCC Community Safety Initiative Fund to allow MFC Foundation to continue the programme.
Kicks will run from 1st September 2020 to 31st August 2021 (subject to COVID restrictions)