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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Keep the boredom at bay this summer holiday

10/07/2015

Connor and George McCulloch at a StreetStadiaTM event
Connor and George McCulloch at a StreetStadiaTM event

Young people can keep the boredom at bay this summer holiday by taking part in a trio of events in Tamworth.

"StreetStadiaTM is a great way for young people to be entertained during the summer holidays. They can make new friends, enjoy a bit of exercise and work on their teamwork skills. And what’s more, it won’t cost their parents a penny as the events are completely free of charge."

Prevent Team Leader Tom Osborne

The popular StreetStadiaTM sports arena will be in the castle grounds on August 8, 14 and 22 from 4pm-8pm.
 
It is aimed at eight to 17-year-olds and transforms into a dynamic area where young people can enjoy an assortment of free games including football, handball, cricket, tennis, netball and other team building activities.

The initiative is part of a series of events that the Service is running across the county throughout the summer in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The sessions, along with educational events, are proving hugely successful in reducing the number of low-level incidents, including grass and bin fires, which occur over the summer period.

Last year there were 156 such incidents in the east of the county between April 1 and August 31 compared to 232 in 2013.

Prevent Team Leader Tom Osborne said: “StreetStadiaTM is a great way for young people to be entertained during the summer holidays. They can make new friends, enjoy a bit of exercise and work on their teamwork skills. And what’s more, it won’t cost their parents a penny as the events are completely free of charge.

“The portable sports arena has been a hugely successful tool in helping to reduce the number of low-level incidents, including grass and bin fires, in other areas during recent years and we are sure that it will have the same positive impact in Tamworth.

“Small fires such as these may seem harmful to the culprits but they are quite the opposite. They can divert vital resources from other, potentially life-threatening situations such as house fires or road traffic collisions. We are already making excellent headway in tackling this sort of anti-social behaviour but we are always keen to come up with ways to further reduce such incidents.”

Young people do not need to book a place for the sessions, simply turn up on the day.