Kids helped off the street thanks to football cash
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is funding a
local football project which aims to reduce crime and anti-social
behaviour in Birmingham.
David Jamieson is using money seized from criminals to pay for
kit to enable young people to train in the Quinton area.
It's hoped the scheme will encourage young people to take part
in a positive activity.
The PCC has provided £1,500 to the Quinton Youth of Christ
organisation. The money comes from the Active Citizen Fund. This
funding must go to community projects and cannot be spent on
recruiting officers. Communities can bid for the cash all year
round if they believe they have a project which can reduce
The grant has paid for bibs, cones, goal posts and balls.
Football practice takes place every Tuesday between 3.30pm and
5.00pm at Highfield Recreational Ground.
Playing football gives young people the opportunity to build new
relationships as well as diverting them away from anti-social
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, whose job it is
to oversee the areas police force, said: "Local projects like this
are key to increasing community engagement.
"They offer young people the chance to come together and play
"I believe this scheme will have a direct impact on reducing
anti-social behaviour in this community because most young people
have nowhere to go and this will change that."
The initiative also provides a safe place for children to play
sport and enables them to learn about being healthy and active.
The project, which is still in its infancy, will also use the
Commissioner's investment to hire a football pitch on a weekly
basis. There are plans to expand the scheme by reaching out to more
young people in the Quinton Ward area and anyone who wishes to take
part should get down to Highfield Recreational Ground.
Ben Crouch is the Centre Director and he says: "Quinton has a
serious problem with anti-social behaviour and this is because
young people quite simply have nothing to do.
"By giving them the chance to come and play football they have
the opportunity to be a part of a project and not out on the