Sport to be used to tackle anti-social behaviour in Bolton

The Bolton News: Sport to be used to tackle anti-social behaviour in Bolton 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.

The Sports Reunited project will encourage families living in Tonge Moor, Breightmet, New Bury in Farnworth and Washacre in Westhoughton to take part in different sporting activities.

The scheme is run by Bolton Council, Bolton at Home and Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, and will target people who have never tried, or no longer take part in sport.

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 sportandactiveliving@bolton.gov.uk

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4:14pm Wed 1 Jan 14

wild one says...

Utter garbage. Make them pay not give them treats ffs
Utter garbage. Make them pay not give them treats ffs wild one

4:23pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Citizen Cane says...

...and of course there will be no meaningful measure of success, because there will be no success arising from these pathetic benefits for benefit recipients, except that hardworking taxpayers are being ripped-off once again.
...and of course there will be no meaningful measure of success, because there will be no success arising from these pathetic benefits for benefit recipients, except that hardworking taxpayers are being ripped-off once again. Citizen Cane

6:17pm Wed 1 Jan 14

neil@ruineduk says...

There is a lot of anti social behavior in Horwich as well but we are forgotten about again. Typical Bolton Council
There is a lot of anti social behavior in Horwich as well but we are forgotten about again. Typical Bolton Council neil@ruineduk

6:20pm Wed 1 Jan 14

neil@ruineduk says...

And there are decent hard working families like mine who earn peanuts who would love to take part in sports but can't afford too. What about us?
And there are decent hard working families like mine who earn peanuts who would love to take part in sports but can't afford too. What about us? neil@ruineduk

1:22am Thu 2 Jan 14

oftbewildered2 says...

i think this is a good scheme - nothing like sport for promoting confidence, self esteem and team building. Lack of these is common among those indulging in anti-social behaviour and there must be nothing more demoralising than being unable to find employment. Playing a sport makes you feel as if you are valued and part of something again. However, I do feel it should be open to all and not just confined to specific areas
i think this is a good scheme - nothing like sport for promoting confidence, self esteem and team building. Lack of these is common among those indulging in anti-social behaviour and there must be nothing more demoralising than being unable to find employment. Playing a sport makes you feel as if you are valued and part of something again. However, I do feel it should be open to all and not just confined to specific areas oftbewildered2

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