This season Behind Every Kick will help over 100 young people across London develop confidence; communicate effectively; understand motivation, cope with pressure; seize opportunities and flourish within teams.
Growing the programme has required that we grow too. For the first time, we can offer a range of packages to suit the needs of different teams. Our brand new, dynamic syllabus for 2019/20 will challenge those engaged in the programme to become both better athletes and better people.
We have recruited new trainers who share our passion for sport and young people and are challenging them to deliver the syllabus in the most engaging way possible.
We have expanded our team of mentors, meaning we can offer dedicated one-to-one support to more young people than ever across the coming season.
Welcoming Cricklewood Wanderers Football Club into Behind Every Kick is hugely significant for us. Encouraging and facilitating participation in women's football is one of our core aims for the new season. To partner with a women's football team for the first time represents a key milestone for Behind Every Kick and is a source of immense pride and excitement.
Our work at Skinners' Academy in north London will see the Behind Every Kick syllabus incorporated into the curriculum of those GCSE P.E. students completing a football leadership qualification at the school.
School 21 in Stratford have challenged us to apply the work we did with their girl's netball team last year to boy's basketball at the school. Taking Behind Every Kick into a whole new sport is an opportunity we're relishing.
October will see the launch of BEK Connect. Our partners Lane4, experts in people performance, will host a workshop on goal-setting with last year's graduates. There will be a series of workshops across the season and exciting opportunities for our graduates to connect with inspirational people.
Looking ahead to the new season, Debra Fox, Executive Director, said: "The whole team can't wait to get started. We learnt so much last year. The challenge for us now is to have an even bigger impact on the lives of our young people. Ultimately that's what we are here for."