Sport to be used to tackle anti-social behaviour in Bolton
SPORT will be used to get people back into work and tackle anti-social behaviour in areas of Bolton.
They will be encouraged to join family-friendly activities in a bid to get them to play sport in informal community settings and join local clubs.
Town Hall chiefs hope the initiative will not only improve health and wellbeing of local people, but that it will also reduce anti-social behaviour, increase school attendance and even help people looking for work to find a job.
Cllr Anthony Connell, Bolton Council’s cabinet member for sport, said: “Taking part in sport and physical activity can help improve young people’s health and wellbeing, as well as boosting their skills and ultimately can even serve as a pathway to a job.
“We hope that the families and young people who are introduced to sport as part of this project will have fun, learn new skills and be motivated to succeed, both at sport and also in getting jobs and progressing into work.”
Those taking part in different sporting activities will also be made aware of training courses where they can increase their skills and motivation to become volunteers in the community.
It is hoped they will ultimately become “community activators” and get others involved in sport, as well as finding jobs thanks to the training and volunteer work.
Sporting activities will be set up in response to what people want, and could include football and basketball.
The Sports Reunited project — costing £213,000 — has been given a £109,000 grant from Sport England to run the project.
it is one of 36 projects to receive a share of £5.9 million of funding from Sports England to support grassroots sport activity.
Mike Diaper, Sport England Director of Community Sport, said: "It’s great to be working with innovative projects, like Sports Reunited to offer people the chance to get into sport in a way that best suits them.”
The scheme will be up and running soon.
If you want to be involved contact Sport and Active living team on 01204 332323 or email email@example.com
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