South Yorkshire’s Police Commissioner has given backing to a new Sheffield Wednesday scheme aimed at deterring anti-social behaviour.
The Community Programme’s Sporting Chance initiative offers fun-packed activities sessions for 12 to 18-year-olds, both in the evening and school holidays, in an attempt to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
The project has been awarded £4,300 in funding by Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright to purchase equipment for the sessions which involve football, cricket, multisport and dance.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Tracey Cheetham and colleagues attended the Owls game against Yeovil to show support for Sporting Chance.
Community Manager Marcus Brameld said: “The sessions give young people an alternative from hanging around on the streets with nothing to do and give them something to look forward to.”
"The aim of the project is to get these young people engaged in positive activities on their doorstep, along with referring them onto other community projects in and around Sheffield."
He added: “We have already seen people sign up for our education and NCS courses as a result of their continued interaction with Sheffield Wednesday and Sporting Chance."