KITS is a fantastic community organisation. The organisation encourages kids from all backgrounds to participate in sports such as football, hockey and basketball.

Involvement with KITS allows young people to build upon their skills in an enjoyable way and become real team players. What’s more, sport can act as a diversionary activity and help to keep our kids off the street and out of trouble. The organisation benefits greatly from the help of volunteers from across the  community.

The volunteers bring with them a breadth of experience and commitment. The KITS staff and volunteers do a great job and should be commended for their efforts.

Kenny Macaskill – Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Justice

Kids in the Street has been an important partner for the library. It has created an open environment that has allowed all age groups and both boys and girls to participate in healthy activity. They really look forward to Kevin turning up and are really disappointed if weather conditions mean he can’t come. It has played a big part in building stronger relationships with some of the younger people who weren’t engaging positively with the library.

Steve Souter – Craigmillar Library

KITS has had another successful year, getting kids involved in sport, out from under the adults’ feet and simply enjoying themselves. The project has grown and become a firm fixture in the lives of youngsters throughout the local area, wherever it pitches up. Kevin’s enthusiasm is undiminished and he has established a real rapport with the youngsters.

Maureen Child – Local Councillor

It’s been another incredibly successful year for Kids in the Street (KITS). They play such an important role in offering so many young people in the East of Edinburgh a chance to be active and take part in different sports. Kids are especially pleased that you don’t have to run and get the ball after taking a shot, unlike playing in the park with jumpers for goalposts!

Their dedicated team including many local volunteers have again worked tirelessly to offer different skills and experiences to all of our community; it’s a great example of working together across the community. The early intervention factor that KITS offers is important for all of our children and to have children and young people playing and working together can only be a benefit for all of their development.

I have been particularly impressed with the programme’s ability to provide training for volunteers that has a qualification at the end of it, be it first aid, football coaching or lifesaving medallions. These go a long way in helping people gain valuable skills that they can use in a variety of ways including enhancing their CV for job opportunities and applying for further education.

So thank you to everyone involved at KITS for another fantastic year and all you do for our local community. Let’s make this coming year even bigger!

Kezia Dugdale – MSP