Sunday, February 05, 2017


A second sport has now made its debut at North Lincolnshire Council's newly furbished Brigg Recreation Ground.
The first hockey matches were played on the newly-laid "Blue Astro" floodlit pitch last month and others involving men's and women's sides from the Brigg club are now taking place each weekend.
Last Friday saw football come to the "new" Rec, as a spokeswoman for the local authority, and Brigg's Coun Carl Sherwood, explain below. Other sessions will follow weekly on Friday evenings at The Rec.


2017 is an exciting time for On Target with new sessions starting and some of the popular activities moving to new facilities and locations.
On Target is a programme of free activities for young people aged between eight and 19. Activities include football, swimming, rock-it-ball, street dance, DJ workshops and multi-sport.
On Friday 3 February the popular Brigg football sessions that currently take place at Ancholme Leisure Centre will move. 
The weekly session will take place at the newly renovated Brigg Recreation Ground. 
There will also be another football session from 7pm to 8pm for anyone aged between eight and 19 years old on the brand new floodlit Astro Turf pitch.
On the same date the weekly Epworth football session that currently takes place at Epworth Leisure Centre will move to the newly built floodlit 3G pitch at South Axholme Academy in Epworth at the new time of 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
Both of these sessions are open to young people of any ability and are led by Scunthorpe United coaches.
For anyone interested in practising their dance skills a new urban dance session has also started at Crosby One Centre, Digby Street, Scunthorpe every Friday from 6pm to 7pm. The session provides an opportunity for young people to try urban dance styles delivered by a professional dancer. They will also have the chance to perform locally and regionally in different showcase events.
Another exciting change for the On Target project is the launch of two girls only football sessions in partnership with Scunthorpe United Community Sports and Education Trust and the Premier League.
The new sessions will be a chance for girls to come together, learn new skills and inspire each other to get involved in sport. The sessions will run weekly on Fridays at Brigg Recreation Ground between 6pm to 7pm and at Epworth 3G pitch at South Axholme Academy between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. They are open to girls of all abilities aged between eight and 19 years old.
A timetable for all the On Target activities can be found at
To encourage young people to get involved in physical activities, a promotion is being run throughout February. Any young person new to the On Target sessions will receive a voucher for a free match ticket to watch Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park.
Any young person new to On Target must get a parent or guardian to complete a consent form and bring it on the night. Consent forms are available at:
The On Target programme aims to give young people the chance to take part in positive activities, and develop new social and leadership skills. Opportunities are also available for young people to volunteer on the programme and take part in relevant training. Coaches from Scunthorpe United provide the coaching and leadership at the football sessions.
On Target is a partnership between North Lincolnshire Council, Scunthorpe United Sports Community and Education Trust, Humberside Police, Ongo and Active Humber. For more information, call 01724 297270 or email
Coun Carl Sherwood, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “On Target is a brilliant programme that provides young people with a range of fun activities to get active. Taking part in physical activity is not only beneficial to your health it is a great way of socialising with friends and meeting new people.
“There are lots of free activities that young people can get involved in through On Target. This includes the brand new dance and girls only football sessions.
“Any young person who isn’t already taking part in On Target can turn up to any of the sessions. They just need to have a consent form.”

The super birds's eye view above, showing the refurbished Rec Ground, was taken by drone owner Neil Stapleton. View more of his fine images and videos here

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