Zion pictured with Kinetic’s Lee Hayes and Harris Academy St John’s Wood Mr Savage, Mr Shabani and Mr El-Majdoub

We were delighted to see Kinetic scholar Zion Dos Santos Sinclair win a Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award this week. Zion is a current Year 12 student on our full time football academy and education programme at one of our partner schools – Harris Academy St Johns Wood.

Mr Savage, Head of Sixth Form at Harris Academy St Johns Wood: “Zion is an excellent role model and has carried out some excellent work while volunteering with Kinetic Foundation. He has shown huge determination to improve his mentality on and off the football pitch”.

Lee Hayes, Kinetic coach & Harris Academy St Johns Wood Liaison: “Zion is a hard working student in the classroom who has a passion for learning, always trying his best in all situations. This has transferred onto the pitch, where Zion gives 100% in both training and games. He scores goals and has shown desire to press the ball to win possession back which is great to see.

The Jack Petchey Foundation was set up to inspire and motivate young people across London and Essex by providing exciting projects and programmes for them to get involved in. They also recognise the outstanding achievements of today’s young people by awarding them for their hard work and positive impact in their community.

Sir Jack Petchey CBE: “The Achievement Awards are primarily about recognising those who put in the effort and do their best.”

Sir Jack Petchey CBE set up the Foundation to encourage young people in London and Essex to work hard and reach their full potential. He believes each and every young person should be given the chance to achieve. Something we truly believe in and strive to make happen at Kinetic Foundation. As he always says; “If you think you can, you can!”

Awards mean different things to different people. The Achievement Awards are not solely for academic achievement – they are also used to recognise a personal triumph for someone who has faced a challenge, a young person who has pushed themselves outside of their comfort zone or an opportunity to recognise the outstanding efforts of a team player. Zion received a certificate, pin badge and a book from Sir Jack himself as well as getting a £300 grant to benefit other young people. Zion chose to put this grant towards a new portable PA system to support Music & Drama projects at Harris Academy St Johns Wood. He has also been invited to attend a ceremony to be presented with a medallion in front of his family, friends and VIPs.

Check out Zion scoring a hat-trick in just 15 minutes during a game back in March this year – https://www.tiktok.com/@kineticacademy/video/7077255075592293638?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=6958040794549749254