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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Street Games sessions arranged across the city

15/07/2015

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Young people across Stoke-on-Trent can keep the boredom at bay during the summer holidays by taking part in a series of free sport sessions.

"Activities such as StreetGames have proven to be absolutely vital in helping to reduce the number of small grass and bin fires during the summer holidays in recent years. Thanks to these sports sessions, along with other educational activities, the number of small, nuisance incidents in the north of the county fell to 505 between April 1 and August 31 last year, compared to 773 in 2013."

Donna Broadhead - Prevent Manager for the north of the county

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Services have joined forces to put on 15 StreetGames activities throughout the break.

They will be able to take part in a range of free games and activities including football, basketball, cricket and dodgeball.

The sessions take place at:

• Tuesday, July 28: Monks Neil Park, 5pm to 7pm, ST6 6HT

• Thursday, July 30: Parkhouse Street play court, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, ST1 4PU

• Monday, August 3: Arbourfield Drive, Berryhill, 5pm to 7pm, ST2 9LL

• Wednesday, August 5: Bengry Road, Normacot, 5pm to 7pm, ST3 4PU

• Thursday, August 6: Meaford Drive, Blurton, 6pm to 7.30pm, ST3 2AY

• Tuesday, August 11: Norton Sports Court, 6.30pm to 8pm, ST6 8LX

• Thursday, August 13: Parkhouse Street play court, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, ST1 4PU

• Monday, August 17: Cobridge Park, 6.30pm to 8pm, ST1 5JQ.

• Tuesday, August 18: Abbey Road play court, 5pm to 7pm, ST2 8AX

• Thursday, August 20: Central Forest Park, 5pm to 7pm, ST1 6BB

• Monday, August 24: Stansmore Road, Meir, 5pm to 7pm, ST3 6BJ

• Wednesday, August 26: Reppington Road, Sneyd Green, 5pm to 7pm, ST1 6LG

• Thursday, August 27: Meaford Drive, Blurton, 6pm to 7.30pm, ST3 2AY

• Wednesday, September 2: Watery Lane, Normacot, 5pm to 7pm, ST3 4QY

• Thursday, September 3:  Norton Sports Court, 6.30pm to 8pm, ST6 8LX.

Donna Broadhead, prevent manager for the north of the county, said: "Activities such as StreetGames have proven to be absolutely vital in helping to reduce the number of small grass and bin fires during the summer holidays in recent years.

"Thanks to these sports sessions, along with other educational activities, the number of small, nuisance incidents in the north of the county fell to 505 between April 1 and August 31 last year, compared to 773 in 2013.

"The events are also a great way for young people to entertain themselves, make new friends and enjoy some exercise over the holidays. Parents need not worry about the cost either as they are completely free of charge – everyone’s a winner."

Councillor Terry Follows, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, said: "These sessions are a great way for young people to keep busy and active over the summer holidays.

"They give them access to a number of sports right on their doorstep and best of all, it’s free to take part. I’m sure they will be hugely popular and I’d encourage as many young people as possible to turn up and enjoy themselves."

StreetGames is a national sports charity which brings sport to the doorstep of young people in disadvantaged communities across the UK.

The aim is to get young people of all backgrounds and abilities involved in sport and physical activity on a regular basis, to give them skills and raise their aspiration and confidence.
It is also a way of reducing anti-social behaviour in communities.

StreetGames Stoke-on-Trent was created in July 2007 and remains the largest programme of more than 120 across the country. The fire service is funding for the 15 sessions while the city council is responsible for delivering them through its sport and leisure service.