Chippenham footballers show police chief his grant is well spent
Players from Chippenham youth team Kandu Kicks impressed Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson with their energy and enthusiasm last week.
Mr Macpherson joined around 35 youngsters at the Sheldon School Astroturf for a weekly football training session in support of the community project.
The project, which has just received a £3,000 grant from the PCC fund, aims to encourage social inclusion, as well as confidence and teamwork.
It is run weekly for youngsters aged 13 to 19 by community group Kandu Arts, which set up the project in partnership with housing group GreenSquare.
Many youngsters taking part have faced barriers to following their passion for sport in the past and they also benefit from mentoring.
The PCC fund was set up to help groups address crime and anti-social behaviour and improve personal and community security. Funds are raised through the sale of unclaimed lost property.
Mr Macpherson said: “This is an excellent project with about 35 youngsters attending today. They are expending energy, are enthusiastic and developing a range of skills. This project gives them a great opportunity to engage positively, rather than just hanging out on the street.”
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