Cage Sports launched

Street Cage Multi-Sports will be running throughout April in St.Helens giving young people aged eight to 17 years the opportunity to develop skills and take part in a variety of sporting activities.

The sessions, which also enables young people socialise and make new friends, are being held by The Fire Support Network – a charitable organisation within Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service with a proven track record of attracting young vulnerable people into positive, diversionary activities.

Funded by the St.Helens Council’s Safer Communities Team as part of the SpringWatch campaign to reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB) – the sessions are held at night and at times when high levels of anti social behaviour may occur.

Rod Jones, the council’s Safer Communities Manager said, “We want to provide young people with a safe place to have fun this spring. All coaching is provided by fully qualified staff and the portable cage is floodlit."

“This year, to date, we have experienced a 31% reduction in the number of rowdy asb incidents reported to Merseyside Police – with 1689 fewer incidents of asb from April 2010 to February 2011 compared with the same period previously. Initiatives such as this, as well as the support from local residents and positive partnership working between local agencies have contributed towards significant reductions in asb in our Borough.”

Cage Football is taking place in Nanny Goat Park on Tuesday 19th and 26th April & Tuesday 3rd May from 6-9pm. For more information please contact The Fire Support Network on 0151 296 4363.