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Free sports sessions for youngsters set to continue in Mastin Moor for two years thanks to funding bid

Posted on 4th September 2014

Free weekly sports sessions for youngsters in Mastin Moor are set to continue for two years thanks to funding from The People’s Health Trust.

The two-hour long multi-sports sessions, led by Sporting Futures coaches, have been running since March but were due to stop at the end of September.

They have been taking place every Tuesday at Lansbury Avenue Park during the summer, and Netherthorpe School during the winter, and around 30 local 10 to 19 year olds have been taking part.

PCSO Sue Cooke of the Staveley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The sessions have become really successful and popular with local youngsters, so together with James Green, Staveley Children’s Centre Co-ordinator, we decided to put a bid to The People’s Health Trust to fund further sessions.

“We were delighted when they approved our bid as it means that we can pay for another two years of weekly coaching by Sporting Futures, sports hall hire during the winter and for two educational trips to well-known sports venues for regular attendees.”

The People’s Health Trust, a charity which provides funding for local initiatives which promote healthy lifestyles, granted the project more than £11,000 which will be paid through instalments to the Mastin Moor Action Group.

PCSO Cooke added: “Together with Sporting Futures and the Mastin Moor Action Group we can really work together to deliver two years of activities and get the best value from the funding provided.

“We really hope that this will go a long way to helping us to reduce and maintain low levels of anti-social behaviour while also increasing sports knowledge, fitness and improving the well-being of local young people.”

Sporting Futures are also able to provide sports coaching training to young people and adults who are interested.

The Mastin Moor Action Group was set up and is coordinated by PCSO Sue Cooke, and local residents Jim McManus, Mary White and Jackie Coxon.

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