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Buxton football project scores a goal with police POCA funding

Posted on 12th November 2013

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Youngsters recieve POCA cheque - Back row (L-R) Neil Scraggs from Buxton Community School, Dave Longbone from High Peak Borough Council and Harry Boardman from Stockport County FC. Front row (L-R) PC Steve Blore, Lewis Hodgkinson, Josh Moss, Sophia Morrissey, Jamie Wallel and PCSO Patrick Haley.

An innovative training scheme for youngsters in Buxton receives a cash boost thanks to police POCA funding.

Officers from the Buxton and Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team secured £2,000 cash for Buxton Goalz project which will be used to maintain running costs and fund extra sessions.

Goalz is a series of free training sessions led by coaches from Stockport County FC Community Foundation and is open to youngsters aged between 10 and 17.

The free football training scheme runs every Wednesday and Friday at Buxton Community School between 6pm and 9pm.

The sessions also include an educational hour which covers issues such as binge drinking and drugs and often sees officers from the Safer Neighbourhood team chatting to the youngsters.

Sergeant Jon Lloyd from Buxton and Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Crime doesn’t pay and the Act is a great way for us to take assets off criminals and feed it back into the community.

“The Goalz project is a hit with local youngsters and is proving a useful diversionary tactic to help keep them off the streets and steer them away from anti-social behaviour.

“The sessions are a great opportunity for us to engage with the kids and chat to them about making the right decisions in life.”

The Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) means anyone who profits from crime can lose the financial and lifestyle gains they have enjoyed.

Police can apply to the courts to have cash or other ill-gotten assets seized and sold, and use the money generated to pay compensation to victims of crime.

In recent months, cash recovered under the Act has gone to several community groups and organisations across Derbyshire.

These include Bradwell youth club, Matlock’s ShopWatch radio scheme and Jericho Café in Gamesley.

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