Posted on 5th May 2017
It’s been a rolling success for six free Extreme Wheels sessions for youngsters in the Staveley and Poolsbrook areas.
More than three hundred young people aged between seven and 17 came along to the sessions at King George’s Park and Poolsbrook Country in April.
They took part in activities including laser quest, body zorbing, a mobile skate park and KMXing paid for by Derbyshire police, the Chesterfield Borough Council Community Safety Partnership, Friends of Poolsbrook Country Park and a local councillor.
PCSO Anna Kelsey of the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team said: “We thought Extreme Wheels would be a great way to draw young people who might be tempted to engage in anti-social behaviour into an exciting and challenging alternative activity.
“During one of the KMX sessions, the youngsters were also able to try the circuit wearing ‘beer goggles’, which shows how hard it is to control a kart if you were under the influence of alcohol. They responded really well, and hopefully now understand more about the risks and dangers of drink driving.”
Young people from across the wider Staveley area took part in the activities, coming from Middlecroft, Inkersall, Poolsbrook, Duckmanton, Mastin Moor and Hollingwood, and during the six sessions there were just two reports of anti-social behaviour throughout the the Staveley district area.
PCSO Kelsey added: “The sessions also gave us a fantastic opportunity to get to know local youngsters, and build a rapport with them. It was also great to see new friendships developing between young people who might not have necessarily spoken to each other at school.
“We’ve noticed a reduction in anti-social behaviour since the sessions took place and have been asked by both parents and youngters if there will be any more in the area. This shows what a positive effect it has had and we hope to find funding for further sessions in the future.”
Jonathan Tipton, of Extreme Wheels Roadshows said: “Extreme Wheels Roadshows provides activities that are linked to the lifestyles, trends and cultures of young people which are associated with extreme and urban sports, music, clothing and street art.
“These types of lifestyle sports prove popular with the type and range of young people who we engage with on the streets and in the community, especially in the evenings. The recent sessions at Staveley and Poolsbrook have been a massive success in linking in with today’s youth culture.”
To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, or visit the website: www.derbyshire.police.uk