Football used to tackle anti-social behaviour in Norwich

Youngsters take part in the Holy Trinity Church and Norfolk Christian Football League twice weekly outreach work events at Jenny Lind Park in Norwich. Photo by Simon Finlay. Youngsters take part in the Holy Trinity Church and Norfolk Christian Football League twice weekly outreach work events at Jenny Lind Park in Norwich. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Monday, June 2, 2014
8:53 AM

As the nation gets ready for the razzmattazz and spectacle of the World Cup in Brazil, the beautiful game of football has been making a major difference to young people a lot closer to home.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

The Vauxhall Street area of Norwich has had its share of problems over the years, with police having previously resorted to using dispersal orders to try to prevent anti-social behaviour.

But weekly sports sessions have played a huge part in tackling some of the issues, by giving bored young people a reason to care for their community.

Organised by the Holy Trinity Church in Trinity Street and supported by the police and Norwich City Council, the midweek sports sessions have been credited with reducing anti-social behaviour in the area in the four years since they were launched.

Players and officials from the football club of the church and the Norfolk Christian Football League lead the sessions for for local eight to 19-year-olds at the Jenny Lind Park.

The football sessions take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with teams of under 10s, under 12s under 14s under 16s and adults.

Tim Stapleford, co-ordinator of the sessions, said playing sport had helped forged relationships with the young people in the area, many of whom have grown up with the project.

He said: “Over the four years that we have been working on the park with the local young people we have seen the original core group of 20 or more mature through to their mid teens as very responsible young people who really care for their community.

“Many of them now assist us in putting on even more park activities and youth club sessions for the greater numbers of children now coming along, of primary school age.

“We are now getting sufficient additional funding to train some these older ones to assist us and expand the regular team of park supervisors and sports coaches.

“The great thing is that these young people are ex-pupils of the local Bignold Primary School and this further strengthens our links to this school and the local high schools.

“They are using what they are now doing with us as something that counts towards ‘work experience’ and things like Duke of Edinburgh Award studies, in their GCSE years.”

The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Keith Driver, found out more about the project at a visit last week and joined the youngsters in a kick about.

The project has, with the help of Green city councillor Stephen Little, obtained funding from the Youth Advisory Board, which has meant it has been able to offer some employment for local young people.

• For further information on the project, call 01603 622225.

• Do you know of a community project which has made a big difference? Email dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Norwich Evening News visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Norwich Evening News staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Forgotten your password?

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Norwich Evening News account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Homes24
Jobs24
Drive24
LocalSearch24
MyDate24
MyPhotos24
FamilyNotices24
Weddingsite

loading...

Classifieds, browse or search them online now

The Canary magazine
Order your copy of The Canary magazine

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT