StreetStadia – Making a Difference to Local Communities

December 15, 2012
StreetStadia – Making a Difference to Local Communities

Earlier this year, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) ran a series of events for young people using our portable football pitch - StreetStadia. We’re pleased to announce that this was a resounding success and wanted to take this opportunity to show how other communities can benefit.

The events in Cannock aimed to engage and inspire young people, with a view to reducing small fires and anti-social behaviour. 8-17 year olds participated in games including dodge ball, football, and volleyball.

Representatives from the fire service gave educational talks about the risks of starting deliberate fires. Teens also got to experience what it’s like to be a car crash and be extracted by fire-fighters with an interactive road traffic collision.

15 pilot events ran over the Easter holidays 2012. They reached 499 youngsters at an average age of 13. The following was observed:

  • Decrease of 83% in deliberate fires compared with Easter 2011
  • Decrease of 29% in anti-social behaviour

Sarah Bishop, Stafford Borough Local Policing Team Partnerships Manager, explained:-

Initiatives like the StreetStadia could have hugely positive impacts on youngsters, steering them away from anti-social behaviour and forging friendships between opposing community groups.

The scheme has been rolled out throughout Staffordshire over the summer in Cannock, Rugeley, Stafford and Tamworth. SFRS are working with their partners to make it a sustainable long-term initiative and are actively seeking funding to cover on-going costs. If you’d More information contact Ruth Haigh, Community Liaison Officer r.haigh@staffordshirefire.gov.uk .

It’s also worth noting that the people that 35% of the teens who participated in the pilot program said they’d probably be watching TV otherwise. Our portable pitch simply pops-up in an open space and can be used for a whole host of sports and games, including netball, hockey and dance to appeal to teen girls. As well as football, martial arts and cricket. We can fit adaptable raised platforms for fitness activities such as yoga, and music events. This is ideal for youth health initiatives and activities which promote music and the arts.

Our director, Steven Lane commented:-

SFRS contacted us over 12 months ago with a view to using StreetStadia as part of an outreach project tackling issues such as anti-social behaviour. A year on, it is great to see these plans have come to fruition thanks to the efforts of Ruth Haigh and Russell Brown of SFRS. We are well aware of the benefits StreetStadia has to offer local communities and our portable pitch is now making a difference in Cannock and surrounding areas.

For more information on StreetStadia contact our team today or call us on 01302 725577.

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