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Urban Stars visit

Posted by on 28/11/2013

Tonight I visited the impressive Walworth Academy school in Southwark, SE London, along with Patrik and Jane from Laureus, so that we could see the Urban Stars project in action.

There was a football training session going on and despite the cold weather there was a good turnout of teenage lads keen for a kick-about.

Oli from Active Communities Network (a strategic partner to Laureus) explained how the Urban Stars programme is delivered and also why it’s needed – in this area of Southwark there have been several violent and gang related incidents in the past and communities are increasingly targeted for gang membership, so the project aims to provide a reduction in the numbers of young people joining, or being perceived as being in, gangs.  This should lead to a reduced fear of crime in target areas and a lessening of youth crime and anti-social behaviour.  To do this the project offers a programme of sports participation, coaching and competition, thus participants are offered quality learning opportunities outside of school, which hopefully will lead to a rise in academic attainment, aspirations and employment.

Another amazing charity supported project I’m sure you’ll agree!

Urban Stars footy training session

Urban Stars footy training session

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