Crime Commissioner awards cash to pay for sport for South Yorkshire youngsters

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings at the launch of Restorative Justice Awareness campaign. Picture: Andrew Roe

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings at the launch of Restorative Justice Awareness campaign. Picture: Andrew Roe

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More South Yorkshire children will be able to play sports for free to keep them off the streets thanks to a £5,000 grant from the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Dr Alan Billings has donated the cash to South Yorkshire Sport, a charity which helps deliver the SportFX project run by South Yorkshire Police, which uses sport to get children from all backgrounds mixing and engaged in activities to keep them out of trouble.

The SportFX project offers free boxing, football and dance sessions across South Yorkshire every week.

They are held in areas where there have been issues with anti-social behaviour and opportunities for youngsters are limited.

Dr Billings said: “This funding provided to South Yorkshire Sport is to be used for young people aged between eight and 25-years-old in particular communities to enable them to get involved in sport through the SportFX South Yorkshire programme.

“The programme is currently running successfully across 17 schools, enabling up to 2,000 young people to take part in football. It is run with volunteer football coaches and Police Community Support Officers.

“The new funding is to ensure that boxing sessions in four schools across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield become sustainable.”

South Yorkshire Sport’s director of operations, Helen Marney, said: “We are delighted to accept this funding on behalf of the SportFX South Yorkshire programme.

“The funding will be crucial in ensuring the programme continues to grow and further embeds itself as a longer term initiative for the provision of sport to young people within our most vulnerable

communities.

Visit www.southyorks.police.uk/about-us/sportfx-south-yorkshire