Exeter City Football Club first team players Tom Carroll and Reece Cole and City Women's Zoe Watkins joined young people at a free inclusive session delivered in the city.
The Premier League (PL) Kicks sessions, which are for young people aged from eight to 18, are delivered at four locations in Exeter by the club’s partner charity, Exeter City Community Trust.
And the group of 60 youngsters were joined by the players as part of the EFL Week of Action, which sees Clubs and community organisations from across the EFL’s three divisions showcase the impact of community projects with managers and players joining participants across the country.
PL Kicks gives young people access to free football and sports sessions and workshops, providing them with opportunities, support and pathways to achieve their full potential. It sees club community staff working closely with young people and authorities in their local area, including Devon & Cornwall Police, to create stronger, safer and more inclusive communities.
Adam Williams, inclusion lead at Exeter City Community Trust, said: “PL Kicks engages young people in positive activities through their passion for football, whilst also addressing topics covering everything from equality and inclusion to youth violence and knife crime.
“We deliver our sessions in areas of the city which have been identified as of greater need and we’re dedicated to supporting the youngsters who attend weekly.”
Exeter City Community Trust has been running PL Kicks for the last seven years and has encouraged more than 1,000 participants to take part in positive activity over that time. Sessions are held in Wonford Sports Centre, West Exe School, Cranbrook Educational Campus and St James School.
To find a local session, visit: exetercct.org/courses-events/pl-kicks