Posted on 13th October 2014
PCSO Boswell chats to school children about staying safe while out and about
Safer Neighbourhood officers in Hathersage have been teaming up to launch a sports project aimed at school children in the community.
The Hathersage and Tideswell Safer Neighbourhood Team have been working alongside qualified bowls coaches, June and Vic Poke, to encourage children to take part in the sport as part of an intergenerational project.
PCSO Anthony Boswell visited Grindleford Primary School alongside June and Vic from the Bradwell Bowls Club on Monday, October 6 to mark the start of the new sports initiative.
Throughout the day, PCSO Boswell spoke to 72 children, aged 4 to 11-years-old about the importance of staying safe as the darker nights draw in, including topics of stranger danger and road safety awareness.
After their talk, the children were then taught how to play the game of Crown Green bowls by the qualified coaches.
"Epic, awesome and cool", "It was really interesting to see what other people thought Stranger Danger was" and "Fantabitosi” were just some of the comments received from the children who took part.
PCSO Anthony Boswell from the Hathersage and Tideswell Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “This project is all about encouraging the kids to try something new and take part in a sport that they wouldn’t necessarily try.
“Bowls is often considered a sport for the older generation, so this project allows us to break down barriers between ages and encourage the youngsters to learn more about the game.
“During the school visit, I also spoke to the children about the importance of staying safe when out and about, especially as the nights are getting darker much sooner. It is really important for us to encourage the children to think about their safety, the safety of others and also to teach them about the policing work we do to help keep their communities safe.”
Leonie Hill, Headteacher at Grindleford Primary School added: “Personally, I think that the opportunity to have a local policeman come into school to deliver important messages like this is invaluable.
“The children really like seeing and spending time with PCSO Boswell and they listen to and respect what he is saying. June and Vic were a really good balance and coached the children well.
“As a school we are trying to find different sports for the children to try their hands at, so it was perfect timing. I think that we will definitely be purchasing some bowls!”
The project is set to be visiting other primary schools in the Hathersage and Tideswell neighbourhoods over the coming months.
To find out more or to speak to the Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, or follow the team on Twitter: @HathersageSNT