Footie scheme to tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

A FOOT­BALL pro­gramme aimed at kick­ing out anti-so­cial be­hav­iour is be­ing launched in Wok­ing­ham bor­ough.

The Kicks pro­gramme aims to en­gage young peo­ple from tar­geted ar­eas us­ing foot­ball as a main fo­cus. The ini­tia­tive, which has been set up in part­ner­ship with the Pre­mier League, Read­ing Foot­ball Club, and Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil, of­fers free foot­ball ses­sions, and has re­cently won a win­ning en­dorse­ment from Brack­nell MP and the Par­lia­men­tary Un­der Sec­re­tary for Youth and Fam­ily Jus­tice, Dr Phillip Lee.

The ses­sions are held at:

Mon­day – Goals Soc­cer Cen­tre, Wood­ley (3pm to 5pm) and Pig­gott School, Twyford (3pm to 5pm)

Thurs­day – FBC Cen­tre, Fin­champ­stead (6pm to 7.30pm)

Fri­day – St Crispin’s Leisure Cen­tre, Wok­ing­ham (6pm to 8pm)

Kicks or­gan­is­ers aim to en­gage with hard-tore­ach chil­dren and young peo­ple, and of­fer a range of ad­di­tional work­shops on top­ics in­clud­ing bul­ly­ing, healthy eat­ing, sexual health, sub­stance mis­use, money skills and ca­reers.

Dr Lee MP joined a re­cent ses­sion at St Crispin’s Leisure Cen­tre, in Lon­don Road, where he cel­e­brated the pro­gramme’s work.

The or­gan­is­ers are now look­ing into other op­por­tu­ni­ties to reach more young peo­ple through ac­tiv­i­ties such as cheer­lead­ing.

Cllr Nor­man Jor­gensen, ex­ec­u­tive member for sport and leisure said: “Kicks is a great ini­tia­tive. It helps to sup­port and en­gage with those that prob­a­bly need it the most, through some­thing that they can all en­joy. I was able to join Dr Phillip Lee MP and was very im­pressed.”

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