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Everton star Bolasie launches new tournament

CONCEPT: Yannick Bolasie

YANNICK BOLASIE has teamed up with Premier League to launch a new skills-based football concept called YB3 today at Hillingdon Borough - his very first club.

YB3 is the brain-child of Bolasie and his performance coach, Rayan Wilson, from Bristol-based Back 2 Action. They have created an innovative 3v3 game format that is played on a small octagon-shaped pitch to encourage players to think about where they are using skills to positively impact a game.

Bolasie approached the Premier League to support the inaugural YB3 Kicks Cup, having been impressed with the Kicks projects at his former clubs: Barnet, Bristol City, Crystal Palace and Plymouth Argyle - as well as at his current side, Everton. The 28-year-old who grew up in Willesden in North-West London, wanted to engage young people, who are making good progress through the Premier League’s social inclusion programme.

The players taking part in the YB3 Kicks Cup include London Kicks sides from Bolasie’s former clubs and his current side Everton, as well as teams from the local area that Bolasie grew up in. All will develop their skills on the pitch, whilst also receiving advice and motivational sessions from professionals working across various areas of the football industry.

The YB3 Kicks Cup - supported by the Premier League - is the first of its kind and the Everton winger is excited about the tournament taking place where his football career started.

Yannick Bolasie said: "YB3 is about helping to find a format that develops a player’s skill and gets them thinking about where and how they express themselves on the pitch to make the biggest impact on a game.

“I’m delighted the Premier League are supporting the tournament. Their Kicks programme is truly impressive and making a great impact on young people’s lives. To see clubs across the country sending teams is humbling.

“To launch this concept at the non-league club where my career first started at is fantastic. Hillingdon Borough will always mean a lot to me and is the perfect place for the inaugural YB3 Kicks Cup.”

Nick Perchard, Head of Community, Premier League added: “Premier League Kicks has been running for over a decade and gives young people the opportunity to play football, make friends and learn in a safe environment.

"It’s great to have a current Premier League player, in Yannick Bolasie, advocating the programme and giving the participants at his former and current clubs the opportunity to take part in this new YB3 competition.”

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