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Keep the boredom at bay during half term

23/10/2013

Young people will be able to keep the boredom at bay during half term thanks to activities organised by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

"The equipment is targeted at areas where youngsters have traditionally gathered and engaged in anti-social behaviour – it aims to provide a positive distraction. The children and teenagers are also educated about the risks involved with starting small fires. If crews are dealing with that type of incident, they may be delayed in responding to a serious incident which could have devastating – and life threatening - consequences." 

Prevention Manager for the west Carmel Warren

The popular StreetStadia TM sporting arena will be entertaining young people aged eight-17 when it visits Stafford and Hednesford.

The portable equipment transforms an open space into a dynamic sporting arena.

Young people can play dodgeball, football and volleyball, all for free.

StreetStadia TM specifically targets areas that have seen high numbers of small fires deliberately started by local young people.

It will be set up at West Way, near the Signpost Centre, in Highfields on Tuesday, October 29. Youngsters are invited to enjoy the facility from midday-5pm.

It will also be available at Hednesford Park, Rugeley Road, from midday-4pm on Thursday, October 31.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safer Communities Interest Company, has provided the StreetStadia TM.

Prevention Manager for the west Carmel Warren said: "StreetStadia TM is a great way for young people to enjoy a bit of exercise, make new friends and keep the boredom at bay during half term week.

"The equipment is targeted at areas where youngsters have traditionally gathered and engaged in anti-social behaviour – it aims to provide a positive distraction. The children and teenagers are also educated about the risks involved with starting small fires. If crews are dealing with that type of incident, they may be delayed in responding to a serious incident which could have devastating – and life threatening - consequences.

"The events also help parents who might be struggling to pay for entertainment during the holiday as they are free to take part in.  All the young people have to do is turn up in the appropriate clothing and footwear and have some fun."