Posted on 3rd April 2014
The Buxton Goalz project will continue to benefit youngsters in the area thanks to additional funding from The Football Conference Community Fund.
PC Steve Blore and PCSO Patrick Haley from the Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team headed to Stockport County’s ground at Edgeley Park, Stockport to be presented with the cheque on Saturday, March 29.
Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, David Longbone and Kimberly Gilmore from High Peak Borough Council also attended the match to see the cheque being presented during half-time of the game.
The cash boost of £11,220 will see the innovative football training scheme continue to run for youngsters in Buxton and Fairfield by maintaining running costs and funding extra sessions in the area.
Goalz is a series of free training sessions led by coaches from Stockport County FC Community Foundation in partnership with Derbyshire police, High Peak Borough Council and Buxton Community School.
The football training scheme sees youngsters aged 10-years-old and over having the opportunity of free sessions with coaches from Stockport County FC.
The sessions, which run weekly from 6pm at Buxton Community School, include an educational hour covering issues such as the consequences of binge drinking, drugs and anti-social behaviour.
PC Blore from the Fairfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “It is fantastic to see that the Buxton Goalz project has continued to be supported by all partners to provide free football training sessions for youngsters in the area.
“The funding provided by The Football Conference Community Fund will make a significant difference for the project and will allow the sessions to continue over the next year.
“Goalz has been a massive hit with youngsters in the community and have proved a useful diversionary tactic to help keep them off the streets and steer them away from anti-social behaviour.
“The sessions provide a safe place for kids to meet up with friends and join in with the football training. It is also a great opportunity for us to speak to them about the consequences around issues such as binge drinking and drug use."
To speak to your local policing team or to find out more about the scheme, call PC Steve Blore or PCSO Patrick Haley on 101.