Black History Month celebrated by Kicks attendees

Date published: 18 November 2023

Scores of children and young people who attended Rochdale AFC Community Trust’s Kicks programme last month celebrated Black History Month with a cultural event, in association with local organisation Caring and Sharing.

Participants of the Premier League Kicks programme were welcomed to the event, where they listened to music and learned about cultural history.

Caring and Sharing is a community group which mainly assists refugees and asylum seekers whilst also supporting and empowering the BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) communities.

The Kicks programme brings together youngsters from diverse backgrounds, fostering friendships and unity whilst building community cohesion in understanding other people’s cultures. Beyond the pitch, participants are learning the values of teamwork, respect, and fair play. 

Rochdale AFC Community Trust’s inclusion coordinator, Liz Cotterill, who supported the event, said: “It so important to encourage learning of other cultures, and that was evident in this amazing event.

“Many thanks to the Caring and Sharing team for visiting us and sharing with us the amazing heritage and diversity of our town and beyond.”

Rochdale’s Kicks programme is led by coach and former Rochdale AFC player Kisimba Kisimba, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Of Kicks, Kisimba said: “These free football sessions aren't just about scoring goals on the field; they are also scoring big in the lives of our young people.”

Liz added: “For many young people, Kicks provides a safe and supportive environment. 

“Every week, Kisimba coaches over 100 children and young people access our sessions. It’s clear to see Kicks is a place where they can escape negative influences and focus on personal growth.”

Premier League Kicks uses the power of football and sport to inspire young people to reach their potential. 

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