01 February 2010
A successful bid from the national Community Cashback fund has meant that a project aimed at engaging with young people in the Trecenydd area can become a reality.
Trecenydd Communities First, together with a number of other agencies are organising a Football Festival on Saturday 6th February from 9.30am at Trecenydd sports field, which will see youngsters aged 11 to 15 from the local area compete against teams from other Communities First areas across Caerphilly county borough.
Volunteers from Trecenydd and surrounding areas have been coordinating activities for young people to take part in for some time, and this event hopes to act as a further means of engaging with young people and building relations with other communities facing similar issues.
The project received funding from the national Community Cashback scheme, which gave local people a say in how over £4 million of seized criminal assets should be spent within local communities.
Cllr Phil Bevan, cabinet member for education and leisure said, "Providing leisure and diversionary activities for young people has in the past been identified as a priority by the Trecenydd community, as has reducing youth disorder.
It is pleasing that the local community have been so proactive in giving up their time to help us and others provide activities for the young people to take part in over recent months, which has made a real difference to levels of anti-social behaviour and youth annoyance in general.
I'm hopeful that this event will be a great success, and will build upon the excellent work accomplished to date in engaging with young people and further building a sense of community pride."
Until now, money recovered from criminals has been split between frontline services, such as the police and government departments involved with the criminal justice system. The Community Cashback initiative is the first time that communities have been able to influence how that money is spent.
The football festival is being organised in partnership with Caerphilly County Borough Council's Hub youth workers and Sports Development teams, and in conjunction with the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership and volunteers from Trecenydd Youth Club, Trecenydd Community Centre Committee, Trecenydd Residents' Association, and Trecenydd Neighbourhood Watch.
Each participant will receive a medal and a certificate for taking part, with a trophy for the winning team and a fair play award.
For further information, please contact Rosie Robinson, Communities First Engagement Officer on 01443 864397.
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