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General · 17. August 2020
It has been a busy year for KickOff@3; the non-profit sports organisation co-founded by a police officer and a bus driver with the goal of building better and lasting relationships between young people and their serving police force. While KickOff@3 typically hosts football tournaments across the country for young people and the police force to participate in (as well as basketball tournaments under the name TipOff@3), the unfortunate and challenging emergence of Covid-19 in early 2020 has...
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.
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.