30 Aug 2013

Kandu Kicks footballers come 3rd in national tournament

Young footballers involved with Kandu Kicks, the Chippenham-based inclusion through football project, have recently come third place in a national multi-sport tournament at the Olympic Park’s Copper Box arena.

Sixteen young people travelled from Chippenham to London to an event hosted by national charity StreetGames, to play football against teams from all over the country – with one Kandu team finishing third out of 20 teams in the under 16 age group!

The football project, which was set up in partnership with GreenSquare, is delivered weekly by community group Kandu Arts. It has established itself as one of the most popular local sporting opportunities for those aged 13-19 from Chippenham, who might have previously faced barriers to following their talent, interest or passion for sport.  

Helen Barbrook, Head of Community Involvement (Wiltshire) at GreenSquare, said: “A big well done to the budding young footballers who travelled to London to compete in the tournament. Projects like this provide such memorable opportunities for those involved, as well as being a great way to build confidence and encourage teamwork, which is why we’re delighted to support them.”

Michelle Redfern, Kandu Project co-coordinator said: “'The young people involved in this project are showing real commitment, many have thrived on the opportunities that go beyond the football training itself.  For some the tournament was their first time to London and a chance for all to see the Kicks plaque on the wall of the Copper Box building.”

For more information about Kandu Arts and its Kandu Kicks project, please contact Michelle Gracie Redfern on 01249 444009 or gracie@kandu-arts.com.