In the socio-economically deprived areas of Kolkata, India, many young people drop out of school at an early age.
Due to poverty and lack of opportunity and skills, many find themselves drawn into crime and anti-social activities. Kolkata Goalz was set up as part of the British Council and Premier League community football programme, Premier Skills.
It is delivered by coaches from nine local football clubs, in partnership with the British Council (India), Kolkata police and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
It harnesses interest in football and is designed to engage over 1,000 young people aged 12 to 18 from the targeted neighbourhoods in a range of sport and educational activities.
With help from money raised through The Supporters Club, the project focuses on improving the health and well-being of young people through regular participation in sport.
It builds up social awareness of the participating young people in order to minimise their vulnerability to exploitation and abuse.
At a community level, the project aims to break down barriers between the police and young people, reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.