Lithuanian-born Andrejus moved to the UK aged two with his parents and brother. He lived next to a West Ham United Kicks venue for years and was a shy 11 year old when curiosity finally got the better of him.

“One evening I decided to go to see what the football was that I could hear going on near my house. I met George the coach, who told me how Kicks could help me develop as a footballer and as a person. He was right. I really enjoy myself with the other players and the coaches at Kicks and it’s a good vibe.”

It’s now been five years since Andrejus discovered Premier League Kicks and George says he’s already grown to be a fantastic role-model through the programme, which is part of a successful partnership with Sport England.

“Andrejus has gained so much confidence since joining Kicks. As well as becoming a great footballer and popular team captain, we’ve also helped him develop his coaching skills. He’s a keen volunteer who often puts himself forward to help out with registration and lead the warm ups. Andrejus is now using his skills whenever he can and is already part of his school’s Sports Leaders Programme, where he delivers sports sessions to local primary school children.”

Andrejus has gained so much confidence since joining Kicks. As well as becoming a great footballer and popular team captain, we’ve also helped him develop his coaching skills.”
George Chukwuma, Community Sports Officer, West Ham United Foundation

As a member of the West Ham’s Youth Consultation Group, Andrejus also helps provide the voice for young people to shape Kicks for the future. He was proud to captain West Ham United Kicks to victory at our 10th Anniversary Premier League Kicks Cup.

“I would tell anyone who has the chance that they should join Premier League Kicks, as you learn a lot of new things that you can take with you for the rest of your life.”

Over 162,000 young people have engaged in Premier League Kicks to date, which is now run in 854 venues across England and Wales.