An innovative sports
scheme to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour has been launched.
Charnwood Community Safety Partnership has teamed up with Leicester Tigers to offer a group of secondary school students the chance to gain sports qualifications, learn the game and pick up important life and work skills.
The Charnwood Dynamite Programme will work with the chosen youngsters at the Tigers Education Centre set in the heart of the club’s famous Welford Road Ground.
Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Chairman of the Safety Partnership, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Leicester Tigers to offer these young people such a positive programme.
“I hope those taking part will relish this opportunity and get stuck in. Not only can they gain qualifications, but hopefully they will learn important skills which they can take into other areas such as education and, in the
future, the workplace.
“Playing rugby at the highest level requires incredible discipline and professionalism – qualities which can be used in other areas of life.
“Those chosen to take part may have been on the edge of anti-social behaviour and the aim of this programme is to give them some focus and divert their energies into something more positive.”
The programme, which involves taking part in a number of sports including rugby, has been funded by a £5,000 grant from the Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner’s office.
During the 23-week programme, the young people will attain accredited sports qualifications covering topics such as strength and conditioning and health and nutrition. They will also take part in various practical sport and leisure
activities, alongside leadership sessions and employability skills.