Helping Young People Discover Their Potential

Papua New GuineaInspired by London 2012

"Having worked with Kick Kent, I throughly commend their Sports Charity"

Gavin Peacock 

Former Match of the Day Pundit & Chelsea Player

"The Pupils were really well motivated to partcipate in these lessons  and enjoyed the experience immensely"

Miss Turvey

PSHE Co-ordinator

Shears Green Primary School 

“Kick Kent allows our pupils to gain valuable experience of team work, improves their confidence, self esteem and motor skills.”

Ben - PE Teacher, West Kent Learning Federation

“Through the lessons it makes our pupils think about team work, trust, hope and their future."

Sue Brown - Headteacher, Centre Class
 

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About Us

South AfricaKick Kent was set up following a visit to South Africa. Founder Keir Wilson spent six months in Clarens, a small township between Durban and Johannesburg. Here he set up football projects that helped children in the township by providing activities which gave them a sense of ownership and unity.

At the end of his stay a tournament was organized for the five local schools and was sponsored by several local companies and Arsenal FC . This uplifting experience inspired Keir to set up something similar in the UK and Kick Kent was born.

On his return Keir decided to put his career on hold in order to establish Kick Kent. Since September 2007 Kick Kent has been running coaching sessions in various schools around Kent. Kick Kent is unique in the fact that it looks to develop children as individuals by teaching them important morals through sport. Each session is linked to a particular theme such as hope, courage, perseverance, self control, etc. Throughout the programme children become more responsible and confident in themselves.

South AfricaThe main aim of the programme is to increase self confidence, teach children to deal with and manage their feelings and emotions, to empathise with others and to form, build and maintain healthy, positive relationships.

Kick Kent runs National Curriculum lessons in schools and apply SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) to all lessons. This helps schools to deliver part of the National Curriculum.

Some schools have also used the Kick Kent project as a way of improving behaviour. For example, teachers have used Kick Kent sessions as a reward to pupils, if class behaviour has improved.

South AfricaWith support and funding from Sport Relief we have run a series of free Football Academies in local communities. We invite children from schools involved with Kick Kent and help them to enjoy football and give them the opportunity to build relationships with the other children from the different schools.

Kick Kent has expanded with the appointment of Ian Summers as Sports Development Officer from September 2009.

"What I have seen and achieved has given me real motivation to continue and develop the project. If you want to be involved with Kick Kent, feel you have something to offer or you just want to know more please get in touch."

Keir Wilson, Founder.