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Goalz youngsters substitute football for police drugs education class

Posted on 7th May 2013

A group of young people who have been taking part in Buxton’s Goalz scheme were given a talk about the dangers of drug abuse from Safer Neighbourhood police.

Officers went along to last week’s free football session at Buxton Community School to chat to the youngsters about drugs.

They spoke to the group about the dangerous effects of taking drugs, the harm they can do to the body, what drugs can look like and why to say no to taking them.

The group were also told about the risks drug takers put themselves and how using drugs can quickly lead to other crime.

PCSO Michaela Daniels, from Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, was joined by Glossop PC Julian Gallagher for the visit, on Wednesday, May 1.

PCSO Daniels said: “One of the best ways to encourage young people to say ‘no’ to drugs is to talk to them face-to-face about the risks involved.

“It’s an extremely serious matter and the young people found it really interesting and took it seriously.

“We wanted to show them what some drugs look like and to explain the effects they have, and how dangerous they can be.

“It was a very good visit and one that we will be repeating in the future to make sure we can spread the message to as many young people as possible.”

Goalz offers children and teenagers aged between 10 and 17 free football training sessions over a 36-week period.

It is being delivered by coaches from Stockport County FC and takes place at the Buxton Community School campus, in Green Lane, every Wednesday and Friday, 6pm to 9pm.

It is funded by a £10,000 grant from the Football Conference Community Fund and is a partnership scheme run by the Buxton and Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood teams, High Peak Community Housing and Buxton Community School.

Goalz is also being supported by several other agencies, including High Peak Borough Council, Guinness Northern Counties and Moorlands Housing.

To find out more about how to take part in the scheme, call the Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.

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