More than 100 footballers took part in this year's Kandu Kicks Cup at Chippenham’s Stanley Park on Saturday (25 July), with the team from Kandu Kicks taking home the trophy.
As part of a wider youth inclusion programme by community group Kandu Arts, The Kandu Kicks Cup, set up in partnership with GreenSquare, has established itself as one of the most popular six-aside tournaments for non-league playing teams from across the community.
Special guest entrants, 2014 runners up and also previous winners, including a team from Wiltshire Police, once again faced stiff competition from Chippenham's Doorway Project for the Homeless (sporting their famous pink jerseys), a Swindon-based team of refugees, the Amber Foundation and more – as well as teams from the weekly Kicks football project itself.
With each of the 12 teams representing a different Champions League club, Juventus (Kandu Kicks) won the 13 to 15 year old category while Real Madrid (Kandu Kicks) defeated Malmo FF (Wiltshire Police) in the over 16s final.
The football project is delivered weekly by community group Kandu Arts and supported by GreenSquare. It is 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.
Kicks Project co-ordinator, Michelle Gracie Redfern said: "We can say with confidence the Kicks Cup is one of the most anticipated competitions for the young people we work with and we’re glad this year’s tournament was such a great success.
"The young people involved in Kandu Kicks show real commitment – many have thrived on the opportunities that go beyond the football training itself. We are very grateful to our supporters and funders who are all keen to engage young people in our communities, build their key life skills such as teamwork, confidence and communication skills. This strength of partnership and support resulting in a project that has been highly successful at promoting social inclusion, healthy living and a sense of belonging for those involved"
Julie Bielby, Community Involvement Manager at GreenSquare, said: "Congratulations to the winning teams and well done to all those who took part in the tournament.
"We are delighted to support this project, which not only allows young people to indulge their passion for sport but is a fantastic way to build confidence and encourage teamwork. Projects like this encourage social inclusion and have an ongoing positive impact on the community. It’s great to see so many young people, including GreenSquare residents, getting involved and enjoying themselves.”
For more information about Kandu Arts and its Kandu Kicks project, please contact Michelle Gracie Redfern on 01249 444009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.