Halton Moor soccer project hits the target

Young people in the Halton Moor area of Leeds have been winning praise for the way they have scored a huge success with a football scheme which is reducing anti-social behaviour, increasing community integration and reducing racial tensions.

Over the last twelve months more than 500 young people have attended the sessions which run on Thursday evenings at the leisure centre.

As a result of the success of the scheme, Mark Burns-Williamson, Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, will visit the Halton Moor project on Thursday 17 July at 5pm so that he can meet young people involved in the scheme and find out more about the work being done by the coaches funded by Leeds City Council’s anti-social behaviour team.

Mr Burns-Williamson, said:

“I’m really pleased to have a chance to find out more about how the good results from Halton Moor can be maintained, as well as whether other areas can learn from their success. The people involved in the project – particularly the players, officials and coaches – can be really proud of the good example they’ve set.

“I applaud projects such as these that embrace partnership working to tackle anti-social behaviour so the focus must be on engaging with communities, including young people, dealing with anti-social behaviour effectively and successfully preventing its escalation as in this case where youngsters have been engaged by partners working together.”

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for Cleaner, Stronger and Safer Communities, said:

“The Halton Moor football coaching project is a great example of partners in the city working together to address potential problems and really turn things around. The project is funded by Leeds anti-social behaviour team and is giving hundreds of young people in this community the chance to have a good time, get to know people and maybe even pick up the skills to become the next Sam Byram, David Batty or Norman Hunter!”

The sessions are supported by two qualified coaches and recently gained funding for a further twelve months. Since the project has been running, anti-social behaviour in the area has fallen to an all-time low, with young people on the estate becoming more integrated and racial tensions in the community decreasing.

Notes for editors:

Mark Burns-Williamson, Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire will be at the Halton Moor project on Thursday 17 July at 5pm. To arrange photographs or interviews with Mr Burns-Williamson, please contact:

Dolores Cowburn

Head of Communications

External: 01924 294017

Blackberry: 07921 684363

Email: Dolores.Cowburn@westyorkshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk

Issued by:

Phil Morcom,

Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 0244 / 07891 276270

Email: philip.morcom@leeds.gov.uk