Free Kicks are delighted to give young people in South East Wales the chance to watch championship football this season. We were contacted by Stephen Morgan, a young person’s advisor at Torfaen local authority, after he saw an article about us in last year’s programme for the match with Peterborough United.
Having seen the work that Stephen and his team do and with our connection to the club since one of our ambassadors, Joe Lewis, moved to The Bluebirds, we have purchased an adult and a child’s season ticket which will give one young person an opportunity to go along to each home game this season.
Stephen went along with some of the lads a couple of weeks ago to pick up the tickets from Barrie McAuliffe of Cardiff City where they also received a tour of the ground and, this Saturday, they were also invited to the game with Leeds United where they got to meet Joe Lewis.
Chesney Chick from Torfaen County Borough Council gave us his reaction:
Staff working within Torfaen Young People Support Service (TYPSS) continually strive to identify and access opportunities for disadvantaged young people, in receipt of support, so they, like so many others, can enjoy everyday experiences that we often take for granted.
It is through experiences and opportunities, such as the one provided by “Free Kicks”, that we can see our young people grow in confidence become more self assured.
The visit to the stadium and the opportunity to experience behind the scenes and meet players and staff has had a long lasting and profound effect on the young people involved.
The news of TYPSS successfully accessing season tickets, to watch Cardiff City, has been met with a real excitement by the young people, (male and female), many of whom have never attended a sporting event or venue on this scale.
Already, staff are seeing the difference in the two young people who were fortunate enough to attend the match between Cardiff City FC and Leeds FC. It has been reported that they are far more engaged and their interaction with staff is very positive.
I wish to express my sincere thanks to Mr Stephen Morgan (TYPSS) for accessing this amazing opportunity on behalf of our young people.
To ‘Free Kicks’ I extend my extreme gratitude. As corporate parents, we strive to provide the best possible experiences for our young people. Your initiative has enabled us to deliver a once in a lifetime opportunity to some of the most vulnerable young people in society. The impact of which will be immeasurable.
We hope that all of the young people enjoy the experience and look forward to meeting some of them when Peterborough visit Cardiff in December.