Keelan is living his dream thanks to our Premier League Kicks programme!

Keelan Barker is a 23 year old from Clifton who first attended the Nottingham Forest Premier League Kicks programme in October 2008. Keelan attended Farnborough Technology College and South Notts College whilst he attended our Kicks Project.


He started the project as a tempremental young person who a reblious side to him. It was clear for all to see that he had a discint passion and enjoyment for football but he didn’t enjoy being told what to do and could from time to time get himself into trouble on the sessions.

As Keelan started to get older he began to mature as a young person and started to engage with young people that he didn’t know better. His attitude improved massively and it became clear to Keelan that he wanted to have a career in sport.


Keelan’s improvement in attitude led to him being selected as captain for the Nottingham Forest Premier League Kicks under 16 squad that went to play in the Kicks cup in Norwich.

After playing at the Kicks cup in Norwich Keelan decided that he would like to further his involvement with the project by becoming a volunteer. Keelan proved to be a valuable asset to the coaches on delivery because he almost acted as a tool to breaking down barriers between coaches and participants on the project. Keelan had been volunteering for a year when he was accepted on to a BTEC Level 3 Sports development course at South Notts. Whilst completing the course Keelan gained experience by furthering his voluntary work with Nottingham Forest in the Community. His extended voluntary work resulted in Keelan gaining an apprenticeship with Nottingham Forest in the Community, gaining his FA Level 1 coaching certificate and completing a NVQ level 3 sports development qualification in the process.


Once Keelan completed his apprenticeship he decided that he would like to further his studies, after playing in trial matches in London against a selection of ex academy football players Keelan was selected for a football scholarship in America. Keelan decided that he would like to attend the Coffeyville Community College, Kansas. During his season his college were crowned Regional champions and in the nationals Coffeyville reached the semi finals narrowly missing out on the finals on penalties.


Calum Osborn, Chief Operating Officer at Nottingham Forest Community Trust – “Keelan’s story shows the impact of what the Kicks project has on young people’s life. In Keelan’s case it has helped enable him to go to America to do something he has always wanted to do”