Free sporting and physical activities for young people in danger of falling into crime, alcohol and drug abuse are coming to Spalding and Holbeach.
Plans are being finalised for a programme of events, including football, cricket, dance and fitness sessions, aimed at eight to 24-year-olds considered “at risk” from school exclusion, anti-social behaviour and petty offending.
The programme is being drawn ahead of a planned launch in September by Positive Futures Lincolnshire, set up by Lincolnshire County Council in 2009 with the aim of using sport and “other positive activities” to build relationships with young people who may find themselves in trouble with the police.
Dave Sampher, sports development manager for Positive Futures Lincolnshire, said: “Our aim is to provide sports and activities that young people are interested in, at the right time and in the right place, at the right price and in the right style.
“It can literally be on their doorstep, perhaps in a cramped local community hall, a car park or even a bit of waste ground.
“The scheme works by giving young people the opportunity to turn their attention elsewhere by engaging in a varied timetable of local opportunities, giving them structure and support at the same time.
The scheme works by giving young people the opportunity to turn their attention elsewhere by engaging in a varied timetable of local opportunitiesDave Sampher, sports development manager, Positive Futures Lincolnshire
“Such activities look to divert young people away from negative paths, including alcohol misuse, anti-social behaviour and school exclusion.”
A presentation of Postive Futures’ work with young people was given to parish councillors in Holbeach at their July meeting where they were asked for help to promote and involve young people from the town in the activities planned there.
Among Positive Futures’ previous programmes were a Summer StreetGames Festival in Grantham in 2014 and a Young Leaders Awards programme in Louth.
Dave said: “We will look to use sport and dance to enhance the opportunities for young people in Spalding and Holbeach.”