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Community kicks in Wigan

Posted: Mon 01 Sep 2014
Author: Andy Walker

There was some success to report for Birmingham City in Wigan on Saturday after all.

While the first-team were having an afternoon to forget at the DW Stadium, youngsters representing the club as part of Birmingham City Community Trust's involvement in the Premier League Kicks programme were getting the day off to a successful start at the Wigan Youth Zone.

To coincide with the Sky Bet Championship fixture taking place a mile away, 14 youngsters from the programme, run on a weekly basis from Small Heath Leisure Centre in conjunction with West Midlands Police and Sport England, faced their Wigan Athletic counterparts in a five-a-side tournament.

Kicks is a nationwide initiative with the vision to build safer, stronger, more respectful communities through the development of young peoples' potential by getting to youngsters who had previously proven difficult to reach and guiding them towards a range of healthy and constructive activities.

One of the Blues sides went on to win the tournament out right with a 4-1 victory over Wigan in the final before all the aspiring footballers headed to the DW Stadium to watch the first-team in action.

Check out a gallery, courtesy of club photographer Roy Smiljanic, of the Community Trust's sides in action at the Wigan Youth Zone on Saturday above.