This summer Failsworth’s Labour councillors allocated funding to support a range of free activities for young people in the area, as part of their commitment to engaging young people in positive action and tackling anti-social behaviour. Working in partnership with Greater Manchester Police, Positive Steps, Oldham Boxing and Mahdlo, the sessions are happening every week on Fridays from 6pm to 9pm on the pitches behind Failsworth school. They have been growing in popularity, with fifty young people turning up for the most recent session.
Cllr Sean Fielding said:
“My role in this was just throwing in a few quid for room hire at the Sports Centre for when it rains but the real hero in all of this is PC Hartley-Pickles who pulled it all together at the start of the summer holidays.
“Whilst anti-social behaviour hasn’t completely gone away, I’ve definitely had fewer complaints this year compared to previous years and activities like this have played a huge role in that.”
Following the success of the project, what was originally intended to take place just during the summer holidays has now been extended with funding secured until at least 2020.