PTC is powered by PTSA and was officially launched in October 2007 at the One KX Centre in Kings Cross, Camden. The project was the result of PTSA’s success and impact on the children and young people within the various boroughs in which PTSA was established, and its communities. PTSA felt that the many children and young people who didn’t reach or show their full potential for the Academy during the trials could still be empowered. Following community involvement, it was decided to reach out to more children and young people to provide a high quality standard of youth and sports services.
The Community programmes being delivered are wide-ranging, from fashion design and t-shirt projects, to free-style sports coaching in local estates, such as the Bourne Estate in Holborn. The programmes target both boys and young women from local disadvantaged, deprived communities, low income and overcrowded homes.
PTC is also delivering extended schools sports coaching for local primary schools, such as Dershingham Primary based in Newham as well as schools in Islington. Qualified and experienced skilled sports coaches are currently working on primary schools breakfast and after school club with pupils in years one to six.
Some of the Community programmes are funded short term through small and medium sized grants and donations by various charities and foundations, such as the Camden Small Grants Programme, Origin Housing Group (4 Kix Project sponsored by Football Foundation), Community Action and Help A London Child. Some of previous funding PTSA had received and played a huge part in the journey to PTSA successes were Camden, Enfield, Islington and Westminster Youth Opportunities and Capital Funds as well as Football Foundation, Kick It Out One Game One Community, the v Project Young Volunteer Grants Scheme and many more
The most successful project that was delivered in (September 2011 – April 2012) is the Saturday and Sunday structured grass youth football league matches and training, which took place during the football 2011/12 season. Our boys under 7/8s, 9s/10s, 11/12s, 13/14s and 15/16s play in the Camden and Regent’s Park Youth League on Saturdays, while the under 7’s and 15s play in the Cheshunt Youth League on Sundays. These teams boast well over 200 children and young people participating week in week out, who are benefiting from a healthy and sporting lifestyle.
We are currently delivering midweek training sessions for all the targeted age groups for all our PTC “Centre of Excellence” (CoE) members with games on weekends.
We believe in providing opportunities across our targeted London Boroughs as not all children and young people wish to play within a team and competitive environment, therefore our Development Centres are an alterative to team training sessions. We have established four New Development Centres across London- Brixton, South London (Friday), Chelsea, West London (Saturday), Enfield and Crouch End, North London(both Friday's), all targeting primary school years 1-6. We often organise friendly in-house friendly matches against other local teams and centres as well as entering in tournaments as when and requests by the user groups.