Young people aged 11-19 from all over West Lancashire can come and enjoy sport, music and a safe place to chill out with new ‘Doorstep Sport’ sessions.
‘Doorstep Sport’ is a nationally recognised scheme run by the charity StreetGames, which also offers work experience and training opportunities for those aged over 16.
A six-week pilot project to bring the programme, which started on 13 May, to Skelmersdale was set up by West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership (CSP) with funding from the Lancashire Police Crime Commissioner.
Wigan Athletic Community Trust, Evermoor Hub, Tanhouse Community Centre, West Lancashire Borough Council’s More Positive Together Team and the Neighbourhood Policing Team are all working together to provide exciting activities for the young people. Sessions take place 6pm-8pm at Evermoor Hub on Wednesdays and Tanhouse Community Centre on Fridays.
The West Lancashire Neighbourhood Policing Team have been given permission by Lancashire County Council in partnership with West Lancashire Children & Family Wellbeing Service to use one of their Mobile Vans ‘Young People’s Community Hub’ which has been converted into a Games Bus. The Police will utilise the Games Bus to assist in improving relationships with local young people who are harder to reach with the aim of helping to address community concerns.
Utilising funding provided by the CSP, the Games Bus will be kitted out with a new TV, a PS4 and two iPad Airs for young people to use.
Parents and young people can contact Steven Eastwood from Wigan Athletic Football Club on 01942 318090, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the StreetGames scheme.