Thursday, March 31, 2011


Brigg, Broughton and Barnetby have been organising their own sessions offering worthwhile activities for young people to enjoy in recent years, under the 3Bs Project.
In addition, North Lincolnshire Council now tells Brigg Blog that more than 1,200 children and young people have taken part in Street Sport sessions across the district in the past 12 months.
Free sporting activities aimed at eight to 18-year-olds are organised by the Street Sport team every night from Mondays to Fridays.
They offer everything from football and rounders to cricket and volleyball and there is also a mobile skate park for BMX and skateboard fans.
All the sessions take place in parks and public spaces around North Lincolnshire.
Street Sport encourages children and young people to get active and get involved in sport.
The guiding principle behind it is to give youngsters what they want, when they want it and where they want it.
North Lincolnshire Council set up the scheme in November 2006 with funding from Sport England via the Humber Sports Partnership.
It also has support from Humberside Police and town and parish councils (names not revealed).
This partnership approach has helped reduce anti-social behaviour in the areas where Street Sport activities are held.
A further aim of the project is to help young people build their confidence, develop leadership skills and give something back to their community.
Some of those taking part have since become volunteers who help lead sessions in the areas where they live.
Tom Coburn, head of sports facilities at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Street Sport is a huge success story for North Lincolnshire and has grown and grown in popularity since it started in 2006.
“We’re hoping to expand the scheme this year and see even more people get involved.
“Youngsters taking part have told us they think it’s fun, it gives them an interest in different types of sport, they get to spend time with their friends and meet new people.
“Sport is a tremendous discipline and helps people develop new skills, grow in confidence and keep active.”
Sgt James Main, from Humberside Police, said: “Anti Social Behaviour among young people has been reducing on a year to year basis for the last three years.
“Whilst it is impossible to attribute one direct project to the reductions it is without a doubt the combined efforts of the partnership agencies and projects like Street Sports that play an intricate part of this reduction.”
Chris Warkup, from Humber Sports Partnership, said: “The Humber Sports Partnership has created a video together with Rhys and Isabel Goodley, two Future Jobs Fund Street Sport assistants, to help promote the initiative and it was impressive to see the range of activities and numbers of people attending these sessions across the region."
Street Sport actively encourages equality and diversity and helps bridge gaps by providing opportunities for all. If anyone wants to take part or find out more, please call 01724 297270.

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