Cash boost for Doncaster Rovers’ scheme to fight anti-social behaviour

Ian Batemen of St. Leger Homes presents a cheque for the contribution to the Kickz programme to staff of Doncaster Rovers Community Sports and Education Foundation.  Also pictured are some of the young people who are taking part in the project.

Ian Batemen of St. Leger Homes presents a cheque for the contribution to the Kickz programme to staff of Doncaster Rovers Community Sports and Education Foundation. Also pictured are some of the young people who are taking part in the project.

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COUNCIL housing bosses have put cash into a scheme run by Doncaster Rovers to tackle anti-social behaviour.

St Leger Homes, the organisation which manages Doncaster’s 21,000 council houses, has donated £1,500 to support a football-based Kickz programme for young people in Balby.

Kickz is a national programme set up by the Premier League and run locally by Rovers’ community coaches.

The first phase of the scheme has involved free football coaching sessions at Balby Carr Community Sports and Science College. The sessions are open to all 10 to 18-year-olds with no need to book, and are held every Friday evening from 6pm to 9pm.

As well as honing their ball skills, those who attend hear short talks by police and fire officers on subjects such as drug and alcohol abuse and the dangers caused by deliberately started fires.

Following the success of the sessions, which have attracted up to 60 participants, plans are now underway to add a second evening of football training as well as other activities designed to encourage more girls to take part.

On a national level has seen a reduction in anti-social behaviour throughout Kickz areas of up to 60 per cent, and almost 400 young people have gone on to gain employment within one of the 42 club community schemes.

Susan Jordan, chief executive of St. Leger Homes, said: “I am delighted that we are supporting the Kickz Project, which is helping to build safer, stronger and more respectful communities in Doncaster. The project is an imaginative way of encouraging young people to meet with police and fire officers and understand the dangers of getting involved in anti-social behaviour.”