Football project was really Cool

Fens youngsters enjoyed the Cool Project which ran through the spring and summer.
Fens youngsters enjoyed the Cool Project which ran through the spring and summer.

A PROJECT to keep youngsters off the streets on the Fens estate has been hailed a great success.

The Cool Project saw scores of young people sharpen their football skills and have fun on Friday nights over the spring and summer.

The project is based on Fens Primary School field which has been made available to the wider community.

After starting in April, it attracted between 20 to 26 youngsters every week.

It is led by Karl Nunn and Glen Kilby who are supported by other outreach workers from the Belle Vue centre.

The project has recently come to an end after participants were rewarded for their involvement at a presentation night.

But the good news is that the popular scheme, which was paid for by the Fens’ three councillors from their ward budgets, will be back next year.

Fens councillor Alison Lilley said: “Residents said the kids were just hanging around and when the children spoke to us they said there was nothing really to do on the Fens.

“There are virtually no places where they can go and kick a ball around but the Fens Primary School has set aside for children to use.”

The Cool Project was split into two sessions; one for youngsters aged eight to 13 and another for older youths up to the age of 17.

Other youngsters who did not play also got involved by going along to watch.

Alison said she and her fellow Fens councillors are delighted with the scheme’s success.

She added: “The children all enjoyed it and we have set aside some of our funding for next year.”