This initiative aims to engage young people through football whilst offering a structured education package to tackle and prevent knife crime and anti-social behaviour around Cambridgeshire. The recreational football programme is part funded by The FA and Cambridgeshire Constabulary. Delivered by Cambridge United Community Trust and Norwich City RDP 

The football sessions will be fun, engaging and appropriate for the age of the participants. Each centre will be provided with 26 weeks of football activities to be held on school grounds, and will encompass an FA qualification coupled with a bespoke football club support package for the development of young leaders in the community.

Further information on the project can be found here

It is hugely positive to see the Association’s commitment to supporting young people and offering a pathway away from anti-social behaviour. Building stronger communities is crucial in our collective aim to make Cambridgeshire a safer place to live, work or visit
- Jon Hutchinson - Superintendent & Area Commander South Cambs

kickstart centres


If you attend one of the following schools you can turn up and play. For more information please speak to your PE department or contact

  • Cambourne Village College
  • Neale Wade Academy
  • Sir Harry Smith Community College
  • Witchford Village College
This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get involved in something really positive, providing role models and an engaging football package away from anti-social behaviour
- Katie Critchley - Football Development Manager Cambs FA

Sadam's story

West Midlands Police has produced a video as part of an anti-knife crime campaign, featuring Convicted murderer Sadam Essakhil speaking about the life-ruining consequences of carrying a knife. Sadam is serving a life sentence for a murder he committed when he was 15. The video aims to make young people think twice about carrying knives.

Sadams story