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How midnight football is helping drive down antisocial behaviour

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Vera Baird and MP Bridget Phillipson pictured with some of the youngsters they met at the Youth Almighty Project at Silksworth CA.

The Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Vera Baird and MP Bridget Phillipson pictured with some of the youngsters they met at the Youth Almighty Project at Silksworth CA.

A YOUTH scheme that has helped stamp-out antisocial behaviour in a part of Sunderland has won a seal of approval from police and politicians.

Youth Almighty, based in Silksworth, has been running its Midnight Football project in a bid to give teenagers something to do on Friday and Saturday nights.

The aim is to give 13 to 19-year-olds living in the area a chance to have fun, get fit and stay off the streets.

Since its launch three months ago, the project has helped reduce the number of police callouts to incidents of gangs of youths causing trouble.

Now, Sunderland South and Houghton MP Bridget Phillipson has visited the project along with Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird.

Phil Tye, a volunteer youth worker with Youth Almighty, said: “The feedback we’ve had from the residents has been fantastic.

“We’ve been told antisocial behaviour has dropped through the floor.

“And the young people are loving it – they don’t want to leave at the end of the night and we now have 170-plus attending on a Friday and Saturday night.”

The sessions run from 8pm to 10.30pm, with younger children attending sessions earlier on in the evening.

Ms Baird said: “I was delighted to visit the Youth Almighty Project. It is clear there is a lot of good community working taking place.”

Bridget Phillipson MP said: “I’m always impressed with the welcoming environment that Youth Almighty provides and the work they are doing.”

 

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