Oldham Athletic Community Trust's Kicks project has gained support from Greater Manchester Police as they have backed the project, funding the purchase of two new sound systems for sessions.
The Kicks sessions take place in areas where anti-social behaviour is likely to occur, a problem which GMP take very seriously. The sessions are free for the young people to attend, with the main aim being to build up relationships between the staff and young people and to create a positive environment for the young people to enjoy.
Through projects like Kicks, Greater Manchester Police hope to engage with the community, especially the youth community in order to raise awareness of local issues and provide alternative activities and lifestyle to prevent youth interest in criminal activity.
The funding for the sound systems is from the "giving back to the community fund" which is taken from criminals via Proceeds of Crime legislation which allow GMP to seize the assets of criminals and use them in conjunction with partners to make our communities safer.
Martin Vose, OACT participation manager, commented: "The sound systems are a huge addition to the project. Not only do they act as a way to attract the young people to the sessions but they also help to create a positive and vibrant atmosphere at the sessions.
"Our staff have certainly noticed a big difference in the atmosphere at the sessions since their introduction. To have the support of the GMP is fantastic for us, it shows that our work is making an impact in the local community."
Kicks sessions are currently running at:
|Monday||Sholver Youth Centre||6-8||Street Dance|
|Tuesday||Royton Youth Centre||6-8.30||Football/Youth Club|
|Wednesday||Honeywell Centre||6-7.45||Football/Youth Club|
|Thursday||Robin Hill||6-8||Youth Club|
|Friday||Stoneleigh Park||6-8||Football/Youth Club|
Pictured are some of the young people from a Kicks session, along with coaches Foysol Ahmed, Dale Harris, Matty Ferris and PCSO Andrew Morgan.