I first met Michael and Ashley after refereeing at a Kickoff event in 2018 in St Albans, Hertfordshire my home force.The initiative is like many being delivered across country by many amazing people, but kickoff@3 is different. It collaborates through sport, music and education with the simple goal of reaching out to our youth with life changing support of partner organisations. It was this vision and desire to make a difference which grabbed me straight away.We meet many people in our lives, and we are a product of these shared experiences. Kickoff@3 is not just about football, but giving support to mental health charities, career advice and opportunities to young people and bringing together celebrities, professional athletes and local businesses, giving KickOff@3 the prospect of reaching out across the UK for many years to come. This game changing initiative has given me the opportunity to help in a very small way. I will be eternally blessed and grateful for the gift of sharing what Kickoff@3 has given to me.
Andy KowalskiReferee Herts Police