Published on 13th March 2020

A community sports club is helping to reduce levels of anti-social behaviour in Padgate in Warrington.

Padgate Sports Club was set up in February 2019 following a spate of incidences which were having an impact on local residents, small businesses and the local library and high school.

Since then, incidences of anti-social behaviour in the local area have reduced by 35 per cent with 14 different families engaging in the activities.

A grant from police and crime commissioner (PCC) David Keane funded the regular drop-in sessions for young people and their families which aim to address issues like anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

A range of partners came together to run the sessions at Fearnhead Cross Community Centre with leisure provider LiveWire providing sports activities and Warrington Police engaging with local residents to provide assurance and increase public confidence.

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Earlier this week, the Commissioner visited the project to see for himself the positive impact it’s having.

He said: “It is clear to see from these statistics how much of a difference this project is having on the local community.

“Austerity has caused youth activities outside of schools to be decimated which has left our young people with nothing to do but cause trouble on our streets.

“Organisations like LiveWire are working tirelessly to provide activities which give young people and a focus and the ability to develop discipline and respect.”

Paul Flannery, LiveWire sports community and engagement officer, added: “LiveWire has made a really positive impact in the Padgate area with this weekly session that offers a range of sports and games for young people to get involved in.

“We look forward to continuing to work with police and other local partners in the coming months to continue to break down barriers in the local area.”

The drop-in sessions are ongoing and run from 4-5pm on Tuesdays at the outdoor multi use games area opposite Padgate Library.