BAE Systems provides some of the world's most advanced aerospace and defence technology, to protect people and national security, and to keep critical information and infrastructure secure. They are also hugely passionate about supporting the communities in which they operate and understand the value that football can bring to young people, improving health and wellbeing and driving equality.
BAE Systems will become the project partner for a weekly informal kickabout session in Medway, supporting 16–18-year-olds to enjoy the game. The company will also promote their apprenticeship opportunities within the local community, and Kent FA Chair, Denise Richmond, will join BAE Systems at their inspiring leaders' event discussing equality and leadership.
Darryl Haden, Chief Executive of the Kent FA, said, "This is an exciting partnership for the Kent FA. BAE Systems will add tangible impact and value to young people in Medway, supporting playing opportunities in a non-competitive, safe and fun environment. They truly care about their local community, and this investment will make a real difference in these young people's lives. We look forward to furthering this relationship over the upcoming months."
Dave Banks, Business Centre Director at BAE Systems in Rochester, added: "I am delighted that BAE Systems is supporting the Kent FA and the kickabout sessions for disadvantaged young people in Medway. Football is a game for all, and everyone should have the opportunity to access it if they so wish. The Kent FA projects and programmes are all about making the sport inclusive, and as a football fan myself, I am excited to begin this partnership and make a real difference in our community”.
For more information about partnerships with the Kent FA, don't hesitate to contact Claire Whybrew (Marketing & Partnerships Manager) at Claire.Whybrew@KentFA.com