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Foundation Kicks Coach Jack Wilson Honoured By The Premier League
Foundation Kicks Coach Jack Wilson Honoured By The Premier League
George Friend with PL Kicks Hero Jack Wilson (Photo: Ian Horrocks)

MFC Foundation Kicks coach Jack Wilson was recognised as our Premier League Kicks Hero at a special event at Newport Community Hub, with a unique comic strip depicting his story presented to him by Boro star George Friend.

Jack is a former participant in the PL Kicks youth outreach programme, which aims to create safer, stronger and more respectful communities through the development of young peoples’ potential in deprived areas of Teesside, whilst giving young people access to facilities, coaching and mentoring.

He was nominated by MFC Foundation PL Kicks leads Claire Streeter and Liam Watson as our PL Kicks Hero, having worked over 250 hours on Kicks as a volunteer in the first six months of 2016.

Jack features alongside George Friend in a comic strip illustration designed by Marvel and DC Comics artist John McCrea, which tells his inspirational story.

In its first decade, Premier League Kicks has engaged more than 180,000 young people in weekly football, sport and personal development sessions held at local community venues across the UK. The programme is now run by 68 Premier League, English Football League and National League clubs.

George Friend said: “Jack is a great example of the impact that MFC Foundation’s work can have on young people in the local community. Giving them access to facilities, and to qualified coaches who can help mentor them both on and off the pitch is vital.

“Jack’s personal development since joining Kicks has been phenomenal and I’m glad that we’re able to showcase his inspiring story, hard work and dedication by naming him Boro's Premier League Kicks Hero.”

Jack added: “I started taking part at Kicks sessions when I was nine, mainly just so I could have a kickabout on a decent pitch. I could never have imagined then that my association with MFC Foundation would lead to me becoming a volunteer for them and then a part-time coach.

“I definitely couldn’t have imagined standing at the front of a Kicks session alongside George Friend and being presented with a comic strip detailing my Kicks journey. My life has changed so much in the past few years and I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings.”