11th June 2020 11:30am
• Targeted Premier League session to return in line with government guidelines
• Online youth sessions part of CACT’s virtual offer
Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) plans to reopen its community 3G pitch for a limited number of targeted sessions from Saturday 13 June.
A plan CACT has put together for new Premier League Kicks sessions ensuring government guidelines are followed will see a limited number of young people who book in advance take part in training around fitness, passing and shooting.
The pitch will be split into four areas and participants will be allocated to a 1-hour slot.
The plans follow consultation with a range of key stakeholders, including the Premier League, EFL Trust and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Carl Krauhaus, CACT's Head of Early Help & Prevention, said:
"We've had to make certain changes to our programme to ensure we're following government guidelines.
"CACT staff will be on site. We will not be coaching young people, but we will be facilitating the session and ensuring all guidelines are adhered to.
"We look forward to getting this programme underway."
The free diversionary sessions are open to 11 to 18-year-olds in Greenwich & Bexley every Saturday, but availability is limited. Click here for more information about Kicks.
Online youth sessions among virtual offer
Young Greenwich, the youth service CACT delivers on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, has launched free online youth sessions for young people aged 10-19 (or up to 25 for those with special educational needs or disabilities).
Young Greenwich also hosts weekly online Lockdown Parties, which have reached over 29,000 people and included competitions and special guests like singer/songwriter and DJ Afro B.
Young people who want to speak to a youth worker individually and get support are able to book a 1-to-1 Chat & Check In session. There are also workshops and 1-to-1 sessions with Young Greenwich Nurses & Sexual Health workers in partnership with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Metro Charity.
CACT’s smoking cessation programme is running new weekly group Zoom calls from 11am on a Saturday.
CACT’s mentoring programme is currently continuing as a telephone-based service.