St. Leger Homes is supporting an innovative football project which aims to reduce anti-social behaviour in the Balby and Rossington areas of Doncaster.
As well as football, boxing and multisport sessions given by Doncaster Rovers community coaches, the project also includes educational workshops led by members of the police, fire and other public services.
These teach skills that will help young people gain future employment and avoid getting involved in anti-social behaviour. So far this year over 200 young people aged 12-19 years old have attended Doncaster Kicks project sessions.
St. Leger Homes has donated £5,000 to support the Doncaster Kicks project, which is run by Doncaster Rovers Foundation with support from the Premier League and a number of other local partners. The match funding donated by St Leger will contribute to extending the programme and ensuring more young people in Doncaster can benefit from the sessions.
St. Leger Homes manages around 21,000 homes on behalf of Doncaster Council. It made the donation from its positive activities fund, which is used to support community initiatives for young people.
Susan Jordan, Chief Executive of St. Leger Homes, said: “I am delighted that St. Leger Homes could get involved in this innovative project. Around one quarter of the young people who take part in Doncaster Kicks live on our estates, and by helping them, this project makes our communities stronger and safer. ”
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “Doncaster Kicks is a successful project which not only helps our young people get fit and active, but develops skills that will see them flourish, make the most of their talents, and help them find work. It is important that we continue to support our young people who are the future of our town.”
Doncaster Rovers project co-ordinator Jan Budtz added: “We have run many different community initiatives throughout Doncaster and the Kicks project has certainly been one of the best for participation and achievements. The development of the young people who attend Kicks has been amazing. It has been great to see people coming together through sport to make a difference for their local areas, whilst also improving relationships with organisations such as the police and fire services.”
Doncaster Kicks sessions take place at the following venues. They are free to attend and 12-19-year-olds are welcome.
Balby Carr Community Academy sports ground, Weston Road, Balby– Boxing Thursday 6-7:30, Football Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
Rossington Youth Club, West End Lane, New Rossington – Multisports Mondays 6:30pm – 8pm and Football Fridays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm.