Posted on 5th July 2019

A football project which aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime in Crewe is receiving funding from Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner.

David Keane has awarded £5,000 from his Safer Communities Fund to Cheshire FA to run Friday night football activities in the town.

The ‘Goalz’ project will target young people in some of Crewe’s most deprived areas who would normally hang around on the streets and engage in anti-social behaviour (ASB) or commit crime.

The one hour sessions will be free for 11 to 16 year-olds and will run from Sir William Stainer and Ruskin High Schools for 15 weeks.

The project also has the backing from local police who will attend the sessions to educate young people about the dangers of knife crime and county lines gang activity.

PCC David Keane said: “Anti-social behaviour has a negative effect on the local community, significantly affecting local residents’ quality of life and how safe they feel in their homes.

“Young people often commit anti-social behaviour because they have nothing else to do which is partly a reflection of the underfunding of youth services and diversionary activities.

“That’s why I want to use my Safer Communities Fund to support projects like Goalz that provide a positive focus for young people’s attention and make a real positive difference to those blighted by anti-social behaviour which, ultimately, makes our communities safer.”

Cheshire FA works in conjunction with the National Football Association and is responsible for the development of the grassroots game in the county.

It says similar projects in the town have previously had success in engaging young people effectively and it plans to assess the impact of this pilot programme with a view of rolling it out in other areas across Cheshire.

Daniel Landstorm, football development officer: disability and inclusion at Cheshire FA, added: “Cheshire FA is delighted to have been successful with our application to the Safer Communities Fund.

“The funding will enable us to deliver recreational football sessions for young people in Crewe to help improve community cohesion and reduce anti-social behaviour.

“The project will be supported by the local police and will hopefully have a positive impact on the local community in Crewe.”

Cheshire FA is one of 16 organisations across Cheshire which has recently received Safer Communities Funding to support crime prevention or meet the objectives within the commissioner’s police and crime plan.