General · 06. July 2020
It was a dark, rainy, miserable evening on 26th February 2012. Travis Maverick could hear the noise the rain made against the window panes as it plummeted down. Travis, a black teenage boy, was walking through a residential area. He had his hood up and his head down. He had just been to the shop to buy some sweets for his younger brother and was on his way home. Travis stopped every so often in order to gaze through the windows of the houses. He found it interesting to glimpse people in...
General · 21. June 2020
A young American woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd is thought to have created Father’s Day back in 1910 as a way of honouring her father, a Civil War veteran, who had raised six children on his own after his wife died during childbirth. Now a UK custom, Father’s Day is celebrated in the UK on the third Sunday of June – in 2020, Father’s Day is taking place on 21 June. On Father’s Day, children get to honour the role their fathers have played in their lives thus far. For some,...
General · 06. June 2020
Claire Talbot joined the police force in 1999. Working her way up the ranks, Claire has recently been promoted from Chief Inspector to Superintendent for Essex Police. On 29 May 2020, I had a very modern-day Zoom chat with Claire. During our conversation, I got to understand better the role Claire plays in the Essex community as both a Superintendent for the police force and as an advocate for Kickoff@3. Straight off the bat, I asked Claire how her involvement with KickOff@3 came to be. In...
General · 11. May 2020
On April 24th, 2020, I took on a fantastic opportunity to have a chat (and host a mini interview) with Paul Canoville, ex-professional footballer for Chelsea FC. Joining the club in 1982, Paul was also the first black footballer to play for Chelsea.
History · 26. April 2020
Introduction: How it started - Post war era Rewind to the end of WW2. Germany were defeated and Japan had surrendered to the US following the 2nd nuclear bomb on their country. After the drinks and celebrations, everyone had to look at the losses suffered. Britain were victorious but not without heavy blows. For instance, 70,000 civilian casualties, comparing to 2,000 in WW1, with 40,000 occurring during the blitz.(1) As were the rest of the world, Britain were looking to recover as quick as...
History · 21. April 2020
Hi, I am Lucas Bourne, a very keen footballer but most importantly a volunteer for KickOff@3. You’re probably thinking what is KickOff@3? Well it is an initiative set up by two young independent men named Michael Wallace a Police Officer who works in and around the community and youth engagement. He is also a part of the Black Police Association and is very passionate about all the work he does. Ashley Levien originally set up Suberbos, a social inclusion organisation that delivered free...
History · 20. April 2020
When Michael first asked me if I’d consider writing an article for KickOff@3 for the 27th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s death, my gut reaction was that I’m definitely not informed or qualified enough to pass comment on any aspect of this. I’m a 27-year-old white woman who’s grown up in St Albans, also known as “millionaire row – where the average house costs £2.2 mil”. I by no means live in a million-pound house, nor did I go to private school, but it’s still a far cry...
History · 19. April 2020
How the death of one teenager transformed the debate on race and policing. The racially-motivated attack by a gang of white youths that killed British black teenager Stephen Lawrence on April 22nd, 1993, transformed the way we approach racism and policing. The faults exhibited by the police force during the initial investigation into Stephen’s death have been recognised by various reports and inquiries. This has been accompanied by years of campaigning from the Lawrence family for better...
General · 10. April 2020
When we think of sport, we nearly always think of the sportsmanship, competitiveness, teamwork, and shared spirit of a community that has come together for a common purpose. However, we tend to inadvertently neglect the thought of those who do not, or cannot, share these feelings of togetherness and high-morale. Often, it is the disabled community that are disconnected from many aspects of society with sport being no exception. This lack of inclusivity shatters the common perception of sport...
General · 10. April 2020
Hear from Sofia Eugeniou KickOff@3's newest volunteer and resident blogger.