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New Premier League Kicks sessions will be held in Hoyland to help reduce the rate of anti-social behaviour in the area. The sessions have been funded by the Barnsley Community Safety Partnership (CSP), using money allocated to the CSP by the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU).
The funding will help to run the FREE sessions up to the end of March at Hoyland Leisure Centre. These will give children and young people the freedom to access sport activities for free in a safe and inclusive environment.
The sessions will run weekly on a Thursday night, from 5-6pm in the indoor Sports Hall at Hoyland Leisure Centre, and will be open to ages 8-18. Sessions will include a range of multi-sport activities, not just football. Participants will also have the opportunity to win fantastic Barnsley FC prizes.
The proposed model will also include Reds in the Community’s Holiday Camp during the February half term, which will provide free lunches for all participants. Running in the holidays between 10am and 2pm, this will give children and young people in the area the space to be active, have loads of fun, meet new people, and make new friends.
Reds in the Community Premier League Kicks Officer, James Cooke: “It is great for us to offer our Premier League Kicks programme to the young people of Hoyland. We are aware of anti-social behaviour within the area, and this is a fantastic opportunity to give young people a voice, socialise, develop, and express themselves through sport”.
Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “At the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit, we recognise the importance of sport in providing positive diversionary activities for children and young people.
“This promotes exercise, helping to improve physical and mental wellbeing, and also providing positive role models and opportunities to meet new people. “I’m pleased that some of the money the VRU allocated to Barnsley CSP is being used to promote this partnership working with Barnsley FC and Reds in the Community.”