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Dagenham and Redbridge coach awarded ‘Premier League Kicks Hero’ prize

PUBLISHED: 15:08 13 March 2018

Jake Halsey with former West Ham player Patsy Holland. Picture: Premier League Kicks

Jake Halsey with former West Ham player Patsy Holland. Picture: Premier League Kicks

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A football coach for Dagenham and Redbridge FC has been named the team’s ‘Kicks Hero’.

A football coach for Dagenham and Redbridge FC has been named the team’s ‘Kicks Hero’.

Premier League Kicks is an outreach programme which helps young people into weekly football and personal development sessions with access to facilities and coaching.

Jake Halsey, 19, started the Kicks programme with a work placement while at school, moving up to volunteer and finally a part-time coach.

He said: “I work with some amazing people, and to be recognised like this is a real honour for me.

“Premier League Kicks is more than just football, it’s about community and helping inspire kids, and I have seen so many young people develop their confidence through the scheme.”

Jake coaches extra-curricular sessions and is beginning an apprenticeship which will qualify him to teach in schools. He also helped run the ladies U12 side, coached at SSE Wildcats, and now runs a mature ladies session on Monday nights.

Kicks Heroes’ stories are transformed into a comic illustration and gifted to the winners. There are 68 teams which take part in the programme, which has been running since 2006.

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