Cage football unleashed

Cage football returns this February half term – giving 8-17 year olds the opportunity to develop skills, learn new tricks and socialise with friends.cagefootball2

The free sessions are being staged by The Fire Support Network – a charitable organisation that’s part of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.  The team has a proven track record of attracting young, vulnerable people to positive, diversionary activities.

Funded by the council’s Safer Communities Team as part of a number of initiatives to reduce anti-social behaviour, the sessions are held at night and at times when high levels of anti-social behaviour may occur.

Councillor Susan Murphy, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Safer Communities and Youth said, “We want to provide young people with a safe place to have fun over the February half-term.

“All coaching is provided by fully qualified staff and the portable cage is floodlit. The sessions have proved really popular with our younger residents - both boys and girls!

“Overall in St. Helens there were 1,243 less reports of rowdy anti-social behaviour made to Merseyside Police from April to December 2010 compared with the previous year - a 28 per cent reduction. 

“Initiatives such as this, along with the support of local residents and positive partnership working between local agencies, have contributed towards significant reductions in anti-social behaviour in our borough.”

Cage Football is taking place in Sutton Park, Marina Avenue and Queens Park, Boundary Road from 6-9pm on the following days;cagefootball1

  • Tuesday 15 February;
  • Wednesday 16 February;
  • Thursday 17 February;
  • Friday 18 February; and;
  • Saturday 19 February

For more information please contact The Fire Support Network on 0151 296 4000

You can also download the Cage Football leaflet which contains the permission slip which must be signed and given in during the sessions.