Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ Community department joined forces with Wakefield District Housing, the Community Safety Partnership and Wakefield Council’s Active Lifestyle, Youth Work and Youth Offending Teams five weeks ago to engage with the youth of Wakefield to deliver a 12-week sports project out on the streets and in open spaces.
The project has now reached the half way point and has proved to be a popular programme with the number of young participants aged 13-19 years increasing in numbers each week along with the regular attendees. It aims to work primarily with young people aged 13 – 19 years the teams of youth workers and sports coaches will keep young people safe and engage them in healthy and sports activities and involve them in social action activity to undertake a local community project to provide positive alternatives to hanging about on the streets.
Trinity’s Community Development Officer, Martyn Reilly has expressed his delight on the positive feedback and the outcome the programme has had so far.
He said, “It is important that the club gets involved with these projects, our main aim is to get as many young individuals off the streets and into a safe environment as possible. Sport is a great way to build new relationships, become active and build confidence and this is the sole reason the club became a part of this project.”
The project still has a number of weeks remaining and will be looking at developing in the near future to target a wider audience within the Wakefield district.