It's an absolute pleasure to say that so far (more donations are still coming in), with the support of partnership organisations KickOff@3 has raised over £5,000 for The ACLT Charity! We finished RunOff@3 on our final leg from West Hampstead station to Hyde Park, where we met with fellow RunOff@3 completers. You can see all the brilliant photos from the amazing day we had as we finished RunOff@3 on Sunday 2nd August here.
KickOff@3 are excited to announce that we are in the process of collaborating with Kit Out London to enable you to purchase KickOff@3's branding merchandise. The line is will start start out with clothing items but has the potential to expand.
Following a second productive meeting on Thursday 23rd July, Michael and Ashley are proud to announce a partnership with Street Mic (Wendell Daniel).
Street Mic is a videographer and will be helping KickOff@3 to capture their journey on film. Street Mic has plenty of experience capturing the story behind community causes as a regular filmer of the BLM movement.
We're so pleased that we're ever increasing our team and finding likeminded people to collaborate with. KickOff@3 film productions coming to a channel near you soon.
Check out his work here
So far the fundraiser has raised over £600 but we still have some way to go to meet our target so if you can spare any amount we really appreciate it. You can donate here.
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The interview is described as a "Brilliant chat with Michael who is very much involved with the community and runs a non-profitable organisation called kick-off at 3 - a 2019 Premiere League Black Writers Grassroots Award Winners who empower young people using Football, Music, & Art to bring all together Nationally.
He has truly dedicated his time and effort to give back to the community and has such a great and positive approach." You can listen to the full interview here.
TV presenters Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood have just launched a brand new 500 Words competition.
Children between the ages of five and 13 are invited to submit their creative writing on the theme, Black Lives Matter. You can read more about the competition here.
KickOff@3's volunteer Clodagh has submitted her entry which was inspired by her own personal learning about the term ‘stereotype’. You can read Clodagh's submission here. All entries will be reviewed by a group of reading experts who will decide which ones will advance through to the next stage. The semi-final will be held from 13th to 16th July.
Morrisons Peckham hass generously agreed to support KickOff@3's newest initiative by donating £200 of Morrisons vouchers. The vouchers will be used as rewards for those that take part in RunOff@3 and raise money for The ACLT Charity.
Community champion Rose, store manager Matt and people manager Brandon said: "We at Morrisons Packham are so happy to support KickOff@3 and ACLT with a donation of £200. Keep up the good work you're doing for our community. We salute your outstanding efforts during these testing times. Your zeal and efforts are even stronger. Well done.".
A big thank you to KickOff@3 ambassador Liz Mead and Steven from long-term supporter Proud & Gifted for capturing the start of their RunOff@3 challenge in aid of the ACLT charity.
It's been a busy week for the KickOff@3 team. On the 20th June Michael joined Ipswich Community Radio on 20th June to talk about the work KickOff@3 does. You can listen to the interview here.
Co-founder Michael and ambassador Sofia took part in delivering a Father's Day message during an interview with local radio station Bankside Open Spaces Trust in SouthWark Borough on Sunday 21st June. You can find the interview recording here.
Finally we ended our media blitz with new ambassador Jess joining Tony Rice on Verulam Sport to talk about her football career and KickOff@3's new fundraiser, RunOff@3 in aid of The ACLT Charity. Listen to the full interview here.
KickOff@3 has been watching the tragic events unfolding in the USA and the #BlackLivesMatter campaigning in the UK. During these times, we want to say that we do not condone racism and inequality, and we stand together with those protesting to raise awareness and challenge injustice.
As proud cofounders of KickOff@3, Michael Wallace and Ashley Levien have always ensured that the activities, workshops and tournaments held by KickOff@3 have been totally inclusive. This ethos applies now more than ever.
We are supportive of the movement and will do our best to ensure awareness is spread on the matter. We are also aware that the current situation will be on the minds of many people, those outside of the black and ethnic-minority community, too. We are proud of everyone within the diverse and multicultural society we live in that is taking a stand against racial injustice nationally and across the world.
With many protesters coming from a younger background or being students, we recognise you and support you, also. We hope that everyone stays safe, keeps to the social distancing guidelines, and continues to protest as peacefully as possible – violence begets violence and that is something we do not condone at KickOff@3.
With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the nation, we know how hard battling the virus, and now the growing campaign for racial equality has been. We must use our collective strength and sense of community to make more progress and never give up on the cause.
The whole KickOff@3 team extends there gratitude to all those that took part in SpinOff@3 around the country. A special congratulations for Lynn and her family from Durham, Clodagh from Hertfordshire, Lucian from London and the Police Youth Engagement Team from Suffolk.
Big love & respect to Adam Wallace & Vancouver FC ⚽️ for believing in our #Kickoff@3 vision. Thank you for taking our new charity initiative of #Spinoff@3 cycling challenge 🚴🏽♀️🚴 to Vancouver Canada to raise key awareness for St Albans Action for Homeless (and those in need). Non Profit Organisation
Thank you guys
Young Ballers from Ipswitch who were regional winners and semi-finalists in the national finale for KickOff@3 2019 have been using lockdown to work on their video-making and football skills. The video titled "OUR JOURNEY SO FAR?!? #ROADTO2K" provides a brilliant look at their wide array of skills within the team and has already helped their channel rack up over 1000 followers. Check out their YouTube channel here.
SpinOff@3 has been featured in long-term KickOff@3 supporter The VOICE (online). THE VOICE, founded in 1982, is the only British national black weekly newspaper operating in the United Kingdom. It is owned by GV Media Group Limited, and is aimed at the British African-Caribbean community. The paper is based in London and is published every Thursday.
In a joint statement, the founders of KickOff@3 said: “As the proud co founders of Kickoff@3 we are excited at launching our new national initiative of Spinoff@3 in good support of S.W.I.M and YouWeMe. We hope lots of money will be raised whilst working all together for vital causes.”.
Read the full article here.
KickOff@3 are proud to announce Kevin Lema as a KickOff@3 Ambassador. Kevin, as a Development Coach and Communities Engagement Officer not only shares KickOff@3's passion for football, but also for young people. He's dedicated to improving outcomes and futures for young people and we can't think of many people who are a greater fit as a KickOff@3 Ambassador.
Ashley, Co-Founder of KickOff@3 sets a video challenge for people to record a video during lockdown talking about what football means to them. See Ashley's video below to find out what football means to him, and to give you ideas for your own video. If sharing your videos on social media please tag KickOff@3 so we can see how much football means to different individuals.
The Bytes Project is an organisation which seeks to help young people in their personal development. They are supporting the Irish FA to offer a range of workshops such as football coaching, refereeing and mental health.
The topic was Racism Awareness and Equality, part of a new workshop called ‘Everybody’s Game’. The aim of the course is to inform and challenge attendees, ahead of their KickOff@3 BAME focussed UK wide tournament, organised and held by the police service in Britain. There are different regional tournaments with the Northern Ireland heat planned for 30 August, with the winner travelling to London for the finals on the 13 September.
You can read the full article here.
Sportside partnered up with our co-founder Ashley Levien to look at community messages and how teamwork and focus is the key to winning this game.
Lockdown is bringing a variety of new challenges for virtually everyone and this thoughtful and forward thinking article looks at the ways in which we can help get each other through these turbulent times.
You can read the full article here.
Michael Wallace made his debut on Channel 4 on April 2020. Taking part in a MET Police recruitment advert "Do The Job".
Michael took part in this recruitment advert because he's passionate about the MET Police being an inclusive and diverse organisation and wanted to utilise his role to inspire and encourage other BAME individuals to consider the MET Police as a viable option and something that anyone regardless or race or ethnicity can be part of. Watch the full video here.
KickOff@3 are incredibly proud and excited to announce that Shane has officially joined the KickOff@3 team. Whilst many will know he has had extensive involvement in KickOff and TipOff it seems only right and natural to thank him for his contributions and ask him to become an official Ambassador. Shane has a vast amount of experience in basketball, being a DJ, modelling with a dab of acting, and is a trained mentor and we know will also be a source of guidance for our young volunteers.
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