Community Engagement

Palace for Life Foundation run a variety of community inclusion programmes for young people and their families. Programmes are designed to improve health and wellbeing, as well as educate and make positive changes.

Scroll through this page for more information about the Premier League Kicks, Develop Through Sport and ‘Learn it, Live it’ programmes, as well as L&Q courses.

If you have any questions about Palace for Life’s community programmes, please contact JohnPatrick@palaceforlife.org

Premier League Kicks

What? The Foundation’s Premier League Kicks programme uses the power of football and other sports to create safer, stronger and more respectful communities by developing young people’s potential. Palace for Life aim to engage young people in high-need areas between the ages of 11-24 in a range of constructive activities, to divert them away from crime and anti-social behaviour. Activities delivered include: girls and boys football, multi-sports, girls BMXing, boxing, cheerleading and youth hub activities. Volunteering, education and training opportunities are also available for participants as well as taking part in regular football tournaments.

The Foundation’s PL Kicks projects work closely with the local authority, Metropolitan Police, Youth Offending Team and local community organisations to establish safe, supportive and educational activities as well as exit routes for young people.

Who? Boys and girls aged 11-24 years.

Where? Various locations in Croydon and Sutton.

For more information on the range of PL Kicks sessions run by the Foundation, please contact JohnPatrick@palaceforlife.org

Path Finders

What? We have partnered up our PL Kicks and Talent Match Croydon programmes to launch a free, weekly football and job club for young people, which includes 5-a-side football, workshops to help with CVs, application forms and job interviews and the chance to gain training and job opportunities.

Who? 18 to 24-year-olds

When? Every Friday, 6-8pm

Where? GOALS, Elmers End Rd, Beckenham, BR3 4EJ

For more information, please contact JohnPatrick@palaceforlife.org

Develop Through Sport community programme

What? The Develop Through Sport community programme is a fantastic way for young people to stay active for free. The Football for Change weekly sessions that run as part of this programme offer participants a chance to learn new skills in a safe and secure environment, in some of the most hard-to-reach areas. In addition to the weekly sessions there are holiday activities, with Palace for Life coaches running multiple events in Croydon.

Who? Boys and girls aged 8-19 years.

Where? Various locations in Croydon.

Learn it, Live it

Young person taking part in one of the boxing sessions

What? The Learn it, Live it programme allows young people and their families the opportunity to access free sports and educational activities, supported by the Premier League and PFA (Professional Footballers Association). These include football, cooking and boxing, as well as girls-only activities.

The Fitter Families initiative, which gives parents a chance to improve their health alongside their children, and Parent Power – a support network for parents to increase their knowledge on issues facing young people – are also run as part of the programme.

Who? Boys and girls aged 8-19 years (with parents able to participate in Fitter Families and Parent Power).

Where? Various locations in Croydon.

Read more about the Foundation’s boxing sessions, run in partnership with ‘Gloves not Gunz’ here

For more information on the community sessions run by the Foundation, please contact JamieBroughton@palaceforlife.org