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Keep the boredom at bay this summer holiday

15/07/2015

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

Young people can keep the boredom at bay this summer holiday by taking part in a series of fun-filled events in the west of the county.

"These events are a great way for us to engage with young people and to give them something positive to do during the long summer holiday. They are completely free of charge, which is good news for parents’ pockets, and they provide participants with the chance to make new friends and to enjoy a whole host of fun-filled activities that are guaranteed to keep them entertained."

Prevent Manager for the west Carmel Warren

The popular StreetStadiaTM sports arena transforms into a dynamic facility to provide entertainment for eight to 17-year-olds.

Young people can enjoy an assortment of free games including football, handball, cricket, tennis, netball and other team building activities.

StreetStadiaTM will be at the following venues:

Anders Square in Perton:
Tuesday, July 21 – 3pm-5pm
Tuesday, August 11 – 3pm-5pm
Friday, August 28 – 3pm-5pm

Hednesford Park:
Friday, August 7 – 2pm-4pm
Friday, August 14 – 2pm-4pm
Friday, August 21 – 2pm-4pm

Littleton Green in Huntington:
Wednesday August 5 – 2pm-4pm
Wednesday, August 12 - 2pm-4pm
Wednesday, August 19 - 2pm-4pm

Hagley School playing fields:
Friday, July 31 – 5.30pm–8.30pm
Friday, August 7 - 5.30pm–8.30pm
Friday, August 21 - 5.30pm–8.30pm

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 205 such incidents in the west of the county between April 1 and August 31 compared to 276 in 2013.

Prevent Manager for the west Carmel Warren said: "These events are a great way for us to engage with young people and to give them something positive to do during the long summer holiday. They are completely free of charge, which is good news for parents’ pockets, and they provide participants with the chance to make new friends and to enjoy a whole host of fun-filled activities that are guaranteed to keep them entertained. 

"The events are just one of the many tools we are using to tackle anti-social behaviour during the summer holidays, when we tend to see an increase in the number of low-level blazes. Setting fire to bins and grassland may seem like a laugh to those responsible but the consequences can be catastrophic. They may divert vital resources from potentially life-threating incidents such as house fires or road traffic collisions and the penalties for the culprits can be a fine of up to £5,000 or even a prison sentence."

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

The sessions are being supported by partners including Staffordshire Safer Communities CIC, Groundwork West Midlands, Cannock Chase Council, Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Police.