Cash boost will help teenagers try new sports

From left, Coun Sandra Duncan, Olivia Sugden, Coun Joanne Bell, Arron Simmons, Catherine Tremlett-Mullen and Coun Alison Strike.
From left, Coun Sandra Duncan, Olivia Sugden, Coun Joanne Bell, Arron Simmons, Catherine Tremlett-Mullen and Coun Alison Strike.
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Young people in South Tyneside are being given the chance to try out new sports after a cash boost to a community group.

South Tyneside Positives Activities Group (STPAG) have been gifted with £1,000 from the Jarrow and Boldon Community Area Forum.

The cash will be used to provide activities including zorb football and jet skiing for young people aged between 11 and 25 years old.

This will be in addition to activities already being run at the centre such as gardening and box fit.

Cheryl Spamer, project co-ordinator said: “Young people also use the community volunteering as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award and this has really helped to build the bridges between the young and old in the local community, giving a sense of ownership.

“This allows a vital link for our community development work and we get young people and adults coming together to deliver inter-generational activities.

“We are grateful to the CAF as this money will fund the provision of more activities which will enable us to continue and extend this good work.”

The STPAG, based in Boldon, runs a youth club where youngsters can get involved in community volunteering activities such as planting vegetables, litter picks and delivering leaflets.

Coun Joanne Bell said: “The young people of Boldon have benefitted from this nationally recognised project for many years.

“Local residents are telling us that they are feeling much safer as the young people are not hanging around the streets anymore.”