Kandu Kicks uses football to engage at grass roots level and promote inclusion.
Kicks continues to thrive: on Tuesday Evenings, during term time, on the Sheldon School astro-turf.
Call 01249 444009 for details, or just turn up! Play 12-16 or 16+
Kicks has been affiliated to Street Games and two teams travelled to the national Street Games Competition at the Copperbox, Olympic Park, Stratford (London) where the Over and Under 16's teams shone amid stiff competition. That's us, in the pink! We have a plaque in the Inspire 2012 Wall at the Olympic Park in London, as part of the 2012 legacy.
Kandu Kicks 2016
Sunday 10 July 2016, was host to a very special football tournament, not just the one between Portugal and France in Paris but here at Chippenham's Stanley Park, where defending champions, this year in the guise of “Northern Ireland” beat the team from the Harbour project who this year were playing as “Iceland” in the sixth annual Kandu Kicks Cup.
The Euro themed tournament was part of a wider programme of inclusion through sport by Chippenham based community group Kandu Arts. This year, we paid homage to the Euro 2016 tournament where all entered into the spirit of things by participating in teams named after a Euro 2016 team. The competitors aged 16+ and under 16s included Doorway (Chippenham), The Harbour Project (Swindon), as well as inclusion teams from the actual Kandu Kicks project.
It seemed only fitting that as a continuation of Kandu’s Safe and Sounds Project with refugees, asylum seekers and their host communities that a Kicks team met the Harbour Project in the final. Football has a huge role in unifying and creating a common language.
This annual event was born from ongoing Chippenham based Kandu project, Kandu Kicks. A massive thank you must go to the team at Kandu Arts, Pete Hussey and Stanley Park Sports Ground (Chippenham Town Council), Sainsbury’s Melksham for kind donations, to Wiltshire FA, Phil at the Brunel Chippenham, referees and first aiders and to all the volunteers who made the day such a success.
Have a look at the videos we have made for previous years of Kandu Kicks:
With the support of many sponsors and friends, Kicks is delivered by Kandu (FA qualified) coaches on a weekly basis and has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the most popular local sporting opportunities for those aged 13-19 the majority of whom would otherwise have barriers to getting into positive activities or to following their talent, interest or passion for sport.
This type of event delivered by Kandu Arts offers opportunity for those who generally do not have access to affiliated football.