West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner says Game On to Hemsworth

Thanks to £1,560 from West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Safer Communities Fund, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Outwood Hemsworth and Wakefield Youth, will deliver a dedicated sports-based programme in Hemsworth.

Providing young people with a positive activity that they can engage with on an evening, the new Football 5ives sessions will take place every Tuesday from 5pm – 7pm at Outwood Hemsworth.

A dedicated youth worker from Wakefield Council’s Youth Service will facilitate the training, alongside one of our qualified sports coaches.

Those that attend the training will have the opportunity to meet new people, lead a healthier and more active life, take part in regional and international tournaments and develop leadership skills and confidence.

Returning money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act, the Safer Communities Fund has been granted to initiatives that increase community safety and prevent crime.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s Development Manager for Game On England, Kat Clarke comments: “We have delivered Game On throughout coalfield communities for several years now and know that this award-winning sports programme has a really positive impact. Not only does it get young people off the streets, but it gives them something to do and to focus on.

“It’s not just about fitness but about learning new skills and building confidence. The difference in those that participate is often quite remarkable and we are looking forward to seeing the same from young people in Hemsworth.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), comments: “This round’s theme had a specific focus to help our work to tackle serious and violent crime and reduce reoffending by addressing the underlying problems such as substance misuse, something we can only do by working together with partners and communities. Similarly, we need to work together to provide support for early intervention and opportunities for vulnerable young people before they get drawn in to crime and anti-social behaviour.

“I am very proud to be able to support these initiatives and I really want to show my appreciation for the extraordinary work these groups and volunteers do in our communities. Work which is centred on the dedication and passion of the local people running them and making a real difference on the ground throughout West Yorkshire.”

For further details about the Game On visit our programme area, get in touch via 01226 272800, or follow us on @CoalfieldsRegen.

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