Young people in Burton can keep the boredom at bay this summer after a group of partners have teamed up to buy a portable sporting arena.
"StreetStadiaTM has proved extremely popular in other parts of Staffordshire and I’m sure it will be equally as well received in Burton. The arena is a great way for young people to make new friends, enjoy some team building activities and let off some steam."
Rob Horton - Prevent Watch Manager for the east of the county
The StreetStadiaTM will be unveiled at an official launch event at The Pirelli Stadium, Princess Way, on Sunday, July 13.
It is aimed at eight-17-year-olds and transforms open space into a dynamic arena where young people can enjoy an assortment of free games and activities including football, handball, cricket, tennis, netball and other team building games.
The facility has been funded through Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Burton Albion Community Trust, Trent and Dove Housing Federation and Staffordshire County Council.
The event will kick off at 11.30am and runs until 2.30pm.
Burton Albion Community Team will also run a football and multi-sport festival during the session as part of the Albion 2 Engage programme.
The initiative is part of a series of activities that the Service is running throughout the summer in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.
It forms part of the successful Flames Aren’t Games campaign which aims to discourage young people from deliberately setting grass fires.
Rob Horton, Prevent Watch Manager for the east of the county, said: "StreetStadiaTM has proved extremely popular in other parts of Staffordshire and I’m sure it will be equally as well received in Burton. The arena is a great way for young people to make new friends, enjoy some team building activities and let off some steam.
"The equipment has also led to a decrease in anti-social behaviour in other areas so it will be a benefit to the whole community. I would encourage young people to go along to the launch event, have some fun and meet their local firefighters, community safety officers and volunteers."
Andy Taylor, Head of Community at Burton Albion Football Club, added: "Burton Albion Community Trust is delighted to be working with the fire service and other key partners in offering a fantastic tool to engage with hard to reach groups."