Hereford CSO Offers Football Coaching To Local Youngsters
Community Support Officer (CSO) Kevin Powell, who is based at South Wye Police Station, has hailed the success of football coaching sessions he has been running for youngsters from the Golden Valley during the school holidays.
The hour long coaching sessions are running every Friday throughout the summer and four different locations are being visited each week.
The sessions begin at KES Childcare in Kingstone at 10am, before moving on to Lowfield Meadow Park in Kingstone for 11.30pm.
In the afternoon, a session is then run at Madley Tennis Club at 1.30pm before the final session of the day takes place on Peterchurch Recreation Ground from 3.30pm until 4.30pm.
Speaking about these sessions, CSO Powell said:
"I've been really pleased with how well these coaching sessions have been received and they have all been supported really well by local youngsters.
"On average between 40 and 50 young people have been taking part in the four sessions in total and it's pleasing that so many of them are taking part in the diversionary activities we have offered.
"These sessions support the force's Respect campaign really well because giving the youngsters something to look forward to every week will hopefully stop them getting involved with anti-social behaviour and causing problems in the communities they live in.
"The sessions will continue to run for the rest of the holidays and anyone aged between 10 and 18 who wants to take part is welcome to turn up at any of the venues.
"The sessions are free of charge but I would just ask that participants bring the right footwear to play in and also a drink so they can ensure they remain hydrated."
The ‘Respect' campaign is a force-wide initiative to highlight the positive measures police are taking to tackle anti-social behaviour, particularly during the school holidays.
Issued: Friday 3 August, 2012