The Hawthorns hosts Kicks contest

PREMIER League Kicks and KickOff@3 joined forces at The Hawthorns to hold the Live the Kicks Dream tournament.

Local young people taking part in the PL Kicks project with The Albion Foundation were invitied to take part in the tournament, with a place in the KickOff@3 national final up for grabs.

The two projects focus on integrating young people within their communities through the power of football.

"Projects like these showcase the talent of our youngsters and gives us an opportunity to engage at their level in something that's interesting to them," said West Midlands Police Chief Inspector Karen Geddes.

"I think football is one of those sports around the world that unites people.

"It's just something that we can get away from barriers."

The Albion Foundation is working closely with KickOff@3 to promote the work of the social initiative.

"It's great to have the Club and the young people from West Brom involved with what we're trying to achieve," said Ashley Levien.

Working in some of the country's most disaffected areas, Kicks has had an impact on over 200,000 participants during its 13 year lifespan.

"Kicks gives us something to do, instead of going out or playing Xbox, we come to play football and enjoy it," said one footballer.

Hollylodge School and YMCA were the winners on the day and will represent Albion at the national KickOff@3 finals in London on Sunday, June 17.

Best of luck to both teams!

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