Sports session is a success

Youngsters who took part in the Birch Walk sport session.

Youngsters who took part in the Birch Walk sport session.

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A SCHEME aiming to support youngsters at risk of being involved with anti-social behaviour is said to be proving a success.

The Fast Accessing Support Team initiative targets young people in Hartlepool who may become involved in “risky” behaviour or underage drinking.

The project, which is made up of a number of different agencies in the town, gives the youngsters the chance to enjoy a range of sports and encourages them to look at issues such as peer pressure, self-esteem and the consequences of bad behaviour.

A session, held at the Birch Walk grassed area on the Dyke House estate every Monday afternoon in partnership with the fire service, is said to be attracting up to 40 youngsters every week.

Leigh Kane, FAST co-ordinator at B76 Barnardo’s, in Church Street, Hartlepool, said: “We are trying to build a relationship with the young people on the sidelines while they are engaged in doing something they enjoy, like sport.

“We want to get them interested in taking part in some of our other activities, while reducing the risk of them getting involved in anti-social behaviour and thinking about the consequences of their actions at the same time.”

The sessions are managed by sports coaches and youth workers.