If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. – Henry Ford
- This is a element that is set to continue in future years with young leaders Keynsham Town FC gaining experience through the initiative.
- This then escalates into young leaders receiving the opportunity to coach regularly at Keynsham Town FC to built on their experience.
- This can lead to young leaders receiving the opportunity to sit their Level 1 coaching badge in football and hopefully running Kelston in future years.
“We have a team that is committed to improving people. Whether it’s on or off the pitch, the coaches all work hard to ensure everyone enjoys themselves, gets on well with others and ultimately leaves a better person than they came no matter who they are.If you have a team who are committed, you can develop and see how they improve other vital skills along the way”From a coaching perspective I feel I have improved confidence wise and awareness. I have improved in skills that interchange with coaching but not through coaching itself.”I’ve seen a massive change in players, with many that got involved scarcely now being vital cogs within sessions and being brave trying new skills on the pitch, instead of being nervous.Players attitudes off the pitch also, with most behaving the whole time and getting on with others involved.
Watching young people develop into mature adults but keeping imagination and a childlike sense whilst working with the players creates the perfect mix for everyone to enjoy and develop throughout Kelston”
Make no mistake, the players within the Kelston Road initiative are just as vital as the coaches. They are the ones that make the initiative a success. Many kids have come and gone but they have shown surprising enthusiasm about creating new friendships with people that they may not necessarily interact with through sport. The kids contribute to making the initiative a positive and enjoyable atmosphere upon which the initiative has become recognisable for.
Making friends and acquaintances through the initiative the kids have helped improve the community massively. Since Kelston Road Football started the crime-rate in the surrounding area during the summer has been reduced by upto 50%. This is down to improved relationships within the community and the reduced levels of anti-sociable behaviour.
“I first heard of Kelston Rd over a year ago from many people in the County. They spoke highly of the initiative as it has had a huge impact on children and young people within the local community. When I turned up all of the coaches, volunteers and Young Leaders were very welcoming to which I would describe like a ‘family’. Kelston Rd will now be part of Somerset FA Youth Councils football family and I hope other clubs and young leaders are inspired by this initiative.Having numerous members of the Youth Council involved in such a project like Kelston Rd, I believe is inspiring. There has been a huge Young Persons influence within football and having a project for Young People which is delivered by Young People can only inspire the next generation. I’m extremely pleased that we have managed to bridge a gap between projects like Kelston and the Youth Council.I think Kelston Rd is great! Having mash up sessions where children of a variety of ages can just turn up and play football with their friends can be priceless.Kelston Rd brings the local community together through football whilst keeping children off the streets and committing crimes.”
– Kieron Broad, 24, Coach
I would also like to say a massive thank you to all the coaches over the last four years. I’ve also learnt a huge deal off you guys throughout Kelston. So I thank you for putting up with my clumsy mishaps or dodgy jokes and hope to see you all again next year.
Thank you all for dedicating your time and effort towards Kelston.
Thanks for sharing your experiences Chipp, looking forward to more articles from you in the coming season!
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