StreetStadia helps reduce Anti Social Behaviour by 29%

October 4, 2013
StreetStadia helps reduce Anti Social Behaviour by 29%

In 2012 we blogged about Staffordshire based Safer Communities CIC purchasing a top of the range StreetStadia and how they were putting it to good use in communities across Cannock, Rugely, Huntington, Stafford and Tamworth.  Well, it’s a year later and these guys have some interesting feedback they’d like to share.

Some Background
Safer Communities CIC was setup after Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service  worked with private company – Fire Support – to build ten brand new fire stations across Staffordshire.  Most people realise that the work of a fire and rescue service is not just about responding to fires and other emergencies.  It’s about working with partner agencies and the community to help prevent them happening in the first place.

The Staffordshire Service is at the forefront of fire services in this country when it comes to exploring new and innovative ways to meet today’s challenges.

The CIC first used StreetStadia in 2011 when it ran a pilot project across the county with help of Liverpool based Merseyside Fire Support Network – they have 4 StreetStadia and have been running projects for several years.  Needless to say the pilot was a success.

What is StreetStadia?
In simple terms, StreetStadia is a portable football pitch.  A system of panels, poles, netting and goal posts that assemble to create a strong, professional sports arena suitable for playing most sports.  Across the UK, StreetStadia has provided projects, councils, businesses, Fire Services, Police Forces, Football Clubs and Not for Profit Organisations with a means to engage local communities and spread their message.

Safer Communities – One Year On
So, the CIC are now one year into running their community projects so what’s the feedback?  Well, here are some impressive statistics:-

  • 49 StreetStadia events were held between April 2012 and March 2013.  These were mainly in the Cannock and Rugeley areas but also Huntington (South Staffs), Stafford and Tamworth.
  • 1200 young people attended the sessions
  • The average age of participants was 13.5 showing an appeal to older teenagers.
  • Deliberate fires in the Western Service Delivery Group (Cannock Chase, Stafford and South Staffs) fell by 83% during April 2012.
  • Deliberate fires in the same area fell from 187 in July & August 2011 to 30 in July and August 2012 with none in Huntington, 1 in Hednesford and two in Rugeley (but not near where StreetStadia event took place). These locations traditionally have a high number of deliberate small fires, particularly in school holidays. The figures represent a fall of 84%.
  • Reports of antisocial behaviour in the Cannock Chase local area fell by 29% in April 2012 and 28% in July & August 2012 compared to the previous year.

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



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