05/08/2008 09:23, Report by Gemma Thompson
Ole gets his Kickz
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took part in a special training session with the Manchester United Foundation’s Kickz team to prepare them for their recent game against Blackburn.
Kickz is a Football Foundation project that aims to use the appeal of professional football clubs to create safer, stronger and more respectful communities by developing young peoples potential.
The session with Ole was a reward for the dedicated young people who have attended Kickz sessions in Trafford throughout the year. The team were picked, not just for their football skills, but for their behaviour, attitude and attendance.
Since it began, approximately 18 months ago, Kickz has significantly contributed to the reduction of crime in the local area with recent figures suggesting that crime is down by 18.5 per cent at the times of Friday night sessions. The free coaching sessions are run at times when anti-social behaviour is at its highest, usually Thursday and Friday nights.
Lee Adams, Kickz Coordinator for the Foundation, says Ole's visit provided the youngsters with great encouragement.
“Meeting someone like Ole is a dream come true for them, they are all from the local area and many of them are big United fans," he said. "We were really grateful to Ole for giving up his time to come and share a few secrets.
“A lot of the youngsters have grown up in challenging circumstances, but I'm really proud of the way they have behaved this year. They have all shown great commitment, regularly attending Kickz sessions and working hard to improve their situation."