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Hartington pupils learn all about safety and sports as part of a police project

Posted on 18th April 2017

Children from Hartington C of E Primary School have been learning all about stranger danger and the world of Crown Green Bowls as part of a police sports project.

PCSO Anthony Boswell from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team worked alongside qualified bowls coach, Vic Poke, to encourage the children to get involved in the sport as part of an intergenerational project.

During the visit on Friday, April 7, PCSO Boswell spoke to the school children about the importance of staying safe when out and about, including topics such as stranger danger, people who you can trust and road safety awareness. The children also practiced the scream exercise to learn how to create attention if approached by a stranger.

After their talk, the children were then taught how to play the game of Crown Green Bowls by Vic Poke.

PCSO Anthony Boswell from the village’s 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.

“All in all it was a really productive visit. It was great to see how much the children knew about what to do if a stranger approached them, and they all enjoyed testing their vocal chords during the scream exercise!”

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