United in Reducing Anti Social Behaviour

March 1, 2012
United in Reducing Anti Social Behaviour

A StreetStadia portable football pitch is being used by Manchester United Foundation in a project aimed at reducing anti social behaviour in Salford.

Young people from across Salford have been taking part in street soccer matches at Princes Park in Irlam.  The activities have been organised by the city council’s youth service in partnership with Manchester United Foundation and using a unique soccer cage called StreetStadia.

The StreetStadia was funded by the councils community safety team and is a series of panels, connectors, poles and netting that when assembled creates a mobile soccer arena ideal for playing a multitude of sports.

Coaches have been working with the youngsters on the portable soccer pitch which can be set up at various locations in order to take football direct to the young people of Salford.

The project aims to tackle antisocial behaviour and crime by giving young people something to do and somewhere to go out of school hours.

Similar projects run around the UK have already proven to be successful in reducing anti social behaviour.  Youth workers have been on hand during the workshops to talk to teenagers about drug and alcohol misuse and the consequences of antisocial behaviour while the youth service’s mobile bus was stationed at the park as a drop in centre for advice and support on a range of matters including sexual health.

Lee Adams, community cohesion coordinator for Manchester United Foundation said: “This project in Irlam has been a real success with around 50 to 70 youngsters turning up every week.  What’s exciting is that the cage makes the project completely mobile meaning we can operate in housing estates, parks and urban areas – anywhere we feel that young people need something positive to do with their time.

“We can take the project right to their doorstep which means we have a much better chance of engaging them. We hope to see similar success in other areas of Salford in the coming weeks.”

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