Wade Heins is a 14-year-old boy who attends Bluecoat Beechdale Kicks sessions and he is also at the Nottingham Forest Academy. Premier League Kicks is a free programme that inspires and educates 12-24-year-olds across Nottinghamshire through football and multi-sport activities. The programme helps young people in the most-high need areas of Nottinghamshire. 

When Wade first started attending Kicks sessions he was a hard to teach pupil, often being disruptive and exhibiting poor behaviour. He would also encourage his peers to behave badly within sessions, and he is now in an AP (Alternative Provisions) unit at his school. 

Since he began at Kicks, Wade has attended 114 sessions which have helped him to develop his football skills and his behaviour. He is now engaging well with his school work and has also developed into a role model for others at sessions. Wade is continuing to progress within the Nottingham Forest Academy which is helping him to advance his football career, he was also the captain at the PL Kicks World Cup. 

“Wade’s attitude towards his football at the academy used to be poor, often choosing in games and training sessions when to work hard and when to take it easy. Over the course of the season he has grown into a role model for his peers, often helping younger players master technical skills. I would attribute much of this improvement to the social skills he picks up with the coaches on the ‘Kicks’ program”.   

– Mark Moss, Nottingham Forest YDP Academy Coach