Funding available for young people in the south

Jennifer recently applied for Kick Start funding to help her achieve her goal of joining an adult women’s football team.

Young people living in our homes are eligible to apply for Kick Start funding. The funding is a Radian initiative, and applicants can use it for anything that will help with educational or career development, including but not limited to:

Just like a bursary, students and young people do not need to pay anything back.

“I have always played youth football, but after I left school I wanted to join an adult team. However, I knew there would be costs involved. I saw that Kick Start funding was available through Radian and I used this opportunity to be able to obtain funding to start my venture in to women’s football.

“I’ve learned a lot about sport, fitness and nutrition as a result of training with adults and the excellent coaches and advisors on my team. It’s been really valuable in helping with my A-Levels.

“Most of what I’ve learned in college and on the team has complimented each other. I’ve been able to put lessons in to practice – what I learn at college helps improve my physical performance and what I learn on the pitch helps to inform my academic work.

“The funding has meant I can train twice a week as well as play games on a Sunday which has kept me both physically and mentally fit. Exercise is so important for body and mind and by being part of a team it has enabled me to have friends as well as team mates.”