Young people go fishing for fun during summer holidays

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A group of young people from Doncaster have fallen hook, line and sinker for a summer fishing project.

The teenagers started the project, which is run by South Yorkshire Police, at the beginning of the summer holidays at Martinwells Lake in Edlington.

The weekly sessions form part of SportFXSY South Yorkshire, a scheme that offers free football, boxing and dance classes for 10 to 19-year-olds across the borough.

PCSO Craig Butcher, who manages SportFXSY, said: “The junior fishing club aims to engage young people during the school holidays and teach them new skills.

“It is a fantastic project and we have been overwhelmed by the response from the Edlington community, in particular Frank and Jean Bucknall from LongLees Farm.

“Not only did they kindly allow us the free use of their beautiful little pond, they also provided lunch for the participants and volunteers.”

Now in its third year, the club runs every Saturday from 10am until 1pm and is funded through St Leger Homes and Friends of Martinwells Lake.

It is delivered by PCSO Ian Warhurst and supported by volunteers.

PCSO Butcher added: “Ian works extremely hard and has developed a fantastic relationship with the young people who take part.

“The success of the club is testament to his understanding and professionalism as well as the attitude and dedication of the young people who are a credit to their community.

“They have shown real enthusiasm for the sport and seem to really enjoy being part of the scheme.”

SportFXSY was launched in Goldthorpe, Barnsley, in 2010 to encourage young people to channel their energy into sport, fitness and control.

It was hoped that, as a result, youngsters would be deterred from acting in an anti-social manner.

The football sessions were so successful, they contributed to a 50 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour in the first year.

It was due to this success tha the scheme was developed at venues across the county in 2013.

Over the last year the scheme has expanded to offer dance and boxing sessions in the six week school break, but this is the first time a fishing club has been introduced.

All sports sessions are open to any young person aged 10 to 19.

Pictured are club members Ryan Sillitoe, back, and, left to right, Cory Kelly, Coben Clark and PCSO Ian Warhurst.

To find out more visit www.southyorkshire.police.uk and click on the ‘about us’ section, where you will find a list of all sessions.

You can also keep up to date with the latest information on Twitter by @sportfxsy or by searching SportFXSY on Facebook.

E-mail SportFXSY_
Enquiries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk.