Sporting activities for young people to be delivered in Warrington

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Two brand new sports projects are set to be launched in Warrington thanks to funding from David Keane, the county’s police and crime commissioner (PCC).

Young people from across Warrington will have the opportunity to attend free sports sessions funded by police and crime commissioner in a bid to give them something positive to do, as lockdown restrictions ease.

Following a successful bid to the Commissioner’s Community Police Fund, Phoenix Fire Boxing Club will deliver a fitness-based programme aimed at young adolescents teaching them discipline, respect and the importance of staying physical and mentally well.

Based at the fire station on Winwick Road, weekly sessions will encourage young people to engage in something positive, providing a structured activity and a safe place to go.  

The funding will enable the club to purchase fitness and safety equipment ensuring young people can access a new activity, safely and free of charge.  The sessions will be led by the club’s qualified volunteers and the Poplars and Hulme dedicated PCSO, Anna-Maria McGreal, will drop in and engage with young people.

Over in the Culceth, Glazebury and Croft policing area, LiveWire was successful in its bid to deliver a multi-sports activity programme for young people on Friday evenings.

Sessions are being developed to provide an alternative activity for young people to engage in and will act as a diversion to anti-social behaviour.

Young people who engage in the programme will receive rewards for positive engagement, alongside access to quality sports facilities and qualified coaches, at no cost to them.


The Community Police Fund is a new fund which has been provided to all 122 policing communities in Cheshire. Community police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been working with local residents to develop bids of up-to £1,000 to fund projects which address local issues.

The fund has been developed using money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (PoCA) 2002. It also links directly to the recently launched initiative to increase police visibility in every community by providing a dedicated Police Constable and PCSO for all 122 areas.

Both groups worked alongside their dedicated PCSO to submit their applications and address concerns around anti-social behaviour related issues in their communities.

PCC David Keane said: “Young people often commit anti-social behaviour because they have nothing else to do which is partly a reflection of the underfunding for youth services and diversionary activities

“That’s why I’ve made it my priority to make communities safer and provide positive outlets to focus young peoples’ attention and give them the opportunities they deserve.

“I am well aware of the benefits sport and activity can bring and these kind of projects are fantastic for ensuring everyone can look after their mental and physical wellbeing in safe and controlled environment.”
 
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Caroline Tozer (Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Head of Engagement and Policy, Police and Crime Commissioner)

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