Children in Need to Support Street Sports 2015-2017

13th November 2014

Four charities were recently awarded a grant through the BBC Children in Need fund. The Guernsey Sports Commission join Young People Guernsey, Safer and Relate who will be able to continue to work with young people through various schemes and projects.

The Sports Commission will receive £66,000 over the next three years which will be put towards delivery of the Street Sports programme. First set up in 2010, Street Sports is a community programme that offers 11-18 year olds the opportunity to enjoy sports in their local neighbourhoods. It is a way of channelling young islanders' energies into constructive physical activity and through sport, aims to improve young people's confidence and self-esteem.

This is the second time that Street Sports have received a grant from Children in Need and it allows the team to continue encouraging young people to be active, participate, learn new skills and have fun. Shirley Ann Parker, co-ordinator of the Street Sports programme said "Street Sports has become an established weekly activity for many young people and the grant from Children in Need will enable us to continue having a presence within the community for another three years.”

The programme offers young people access to free sports sessions at three locations on the island and to do this it is essential that we have a team of sports leaders who can engage positively with young people through sport and physical activity. She added that, “The financial support will ensure we have a dedicated team who have the right training, resources and outdoor equipment to deliver sessions 50 weeks of the year, three evenings a week, for two hours in the evening.”

Young people can enjoy football, basketball, netball, tchoukball, dodgeball, cricket, hockey, frisbee, volleyball, badminton, batting and fielding games, skipping and circus skills as well as other games and variations of many of these traditional sports that lend themselves to a street setting.

The programme is also committed to making young people aware of other activities and services on the island that may also benefit their well-being. Street Sports staff work closely with other youth agencies that can offer participants advice and support in other areas of their lives.

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