Thursday, 18 December 2008

Providing sports opportunities in Newington

Thanet district Council press release

Young people in Newington have been braving the freezing cold temperatures to attend weekly sports sessions, organised by Sport 4 NRG.

The sessions have been held at Dame Janet Primary School on Monday evenings between 5.30pm and 7.30pm for more than two years, with the next one due to take place on Monday 12 January 2009. The sessions are free of charge and have been attracting, on average, around 25 young people each week, including a number of promising female footballers.

Sport 4 NRG, run by Thanet District Council, aims to provide sporting opportunities for young people in Thanet and keep them occupied.

James Gregory from Sport 4 NRG said: “The football sessions are all about adding structure and routine for young people through regular free sports provision. We listen to the young people who come along to the sessions and take the time to treat each of them as an individual and not just a group of “kids”. That means we’ve built up a lot of mutual respect over the years we’ve been running these sessions. If we’re willing to run around with them in the cold each week, which we do, then we gain their respect and then leads to appropriate behaviour from the young people. There’s every chance that behaviour will then follow through into other aspects of their life, such as school and at home.”

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