FANCY footwork on the football pitch is helping to tackle anti-social behaviour by providing activities for young people.
The Cool Project in Hartlepool is aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour by using football and sporting activities to engage eight to 16-year-olds in a positive learning and team environment.
The scheme, funded by Housing Hartlepool, is a joint partnership which was developed by local residents, Cleveland Police, Hartlepool Borough Council, Belle Vue Sports Centre and Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency.
The partnership approached Housing Hartlepool with the aim of deterring young people from congregating at local shops due to a previous lack of activities in the Stranton area of the town.
Libby Griffiths, tenancy and relations enforcement manager at Housing Hartlepool, said: “The Cool Project is a fantastic opportunity for us to interact with young people whilst providing fun activities in a safe environment which makes a real difference to people’s quality of life.
“It also gives youngsters the opportunity to play sport and engage in motivational activities which help to build their self-esteem and confidence.”
The project is led by Belle Vue Sports Centre staff and supervised by Cleveland Police Support Volunteers.