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Kick-start the summer holidays with sport sessions

09/07/2014

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Young people in Stoke-on-Trent can kick-start the summer holidays with a series of fun filled activities.

"The summer holiday activities are always really popular with young people. They are a great chance to make new friends, enjoy a bit of exercise and let off some steam." 

Stoke-on-Trent Community Trust is running free ‘Kicks’ football sessions for children aged 11 and over from July 21-25.

They will be held at Mount Pleasant Park sports court, Fenton, from 3.30pm-4.30pm and at Weston Heights play area, in Weston Coyney, from 5pm-6pm every day.

The programme is being hosted in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Stoke City Football Club, Sport England and Creating Chances.

The scheme is part of a series of events 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 initiative which aims to discourage young people from deliberately setting grass fires.

Donna Broadhead, Prevention Manager for the north of the county, said: "The summer holiday activities are always really popular with young people. They are a great chance to make new friends, enjoy a bit of exercise and let off some steam.

"They also benefit the wider community as in previous years they have seen incidents of low level anti-social behaviour decrease. And, as an added bonus, they are completely free to attend which is good news for parents too."

Adrian Hurst, Head of Community at Stoke City Football Club, added: “The summer holidays can be a costly and difficult time to keep young people engaged and entertained. Our ‘Kicks’ programme provides young people with the opportunity to participate in a range of positive activities.”

To book a place at one of the sessions please contact Ben Gibson, Kicks Participation Manager, on 01782 592130, 07900 780260 or email ben.gibson@stokecityfc.com . Places are limited and bookings must be made in advance.

For more information on summer holiday events in Stoke-on-Trent visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/Documents/SummerEvents14(2).pdf