A free football training scheme open to youngsters in Buxton has helped police score a drop in anti-social behaviour.
Goalz is a series of free training sessions led by coaches from Stockport County FC and is open to youngsters aged between 10 and 17.
Since the scheme started in October last year, it has netted plenty of interest and sees about 40 youngsters lace up their boots every Wednesday and Friday.
Incidents of anti-social behaviour have also dropped 14% year-on-year, from 217 to 186 between October and February.
PC Graham Mason, from Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, said a cash boost of £1,000 has just been netted for the project and will see it continue well into 2013.
He said: “Goalz has been a massive hit with local youngsters and every session has been packed with kids wanting to make the most of the offer – and there are more places up for grabs as well.
“The whole idea is to give them something else to do instead of hanging around on the streets or getting involved with anti-social behaviour.
“That it’s helped us get a drop in incidents is fantastic news and hopefully that will carry on as the scheme continues throughout this year.”
Goalz takes place at the Buxton Community School campus, in Green Lane, every Wednesday and Friday, 6pm to 9pm and has achieved average attendance figures of 41 young people per session.
As well as receiving professional-quality football training, the groups have been visited by motivational speakers from different walks of life.
These include an ex-gambling and drug addict, a professional footballer and firefighters from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue, who have all spoken to the children about making the right decisions in life.
To find out more about the scheme and to register children or teens aged 10 to 17, call 101 or email email@example.com.