£2,000 sports equipment boost for Aylsham Youth Club

SPORTING CHANCE: From left: PC Greig Shepherd, youth club chairman Paul Fletcher and secretary Mark Daniels, with members...

SPORTING CHANCE: From left: PC Greig Shepherd, youth club chairman Paul Fletcher and secretary Mark Daniels, with members of the youth club. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Aylsham Youth Club has been given more than £2,000 to spend on sports equipment.

The cash will buy a new table-tennis table, nets and bats, 10 gymnastic crash mats, two high jumps with safety mats and it will also pay for the youth club's existing pool table to be recovered.

The sum was made possible through the combined efforts of the community, Broadland District Council and the town's Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).

As part of the process, which began at the end of 2012, members from Aylsham SNT spent a day on a stall at the Aylsham Farmers' Market asking the public to vote on which local organisation should secure the bulk of a government County Community Safety Partnership budget aimed at helping to reduce anti-social behaviour.

The initiative is part of measures by the Broadland Operational Partnership Team to reduce crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour in the area.

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Aylsham Beat Manager PC Greig Shepherd said: 'Whilst lots of the work involves pro-active and preventative enforcement, we are also keen to provide diversionary alternatives and one of these is to encourage more young people to attend the well-established youth club, rather than hang around on the street.

'The youth club is, and continues to be, very well attended. However their equipment levels are diminishing and this is where the partnership took the decision to step in and provide some support.'

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Andrew Proctor, leader of Broadland District Council, said: 'Introducing positive activities for young people to participate in within a safe environment helps to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. It is important that we encourage young people to do constructive things with their time and we are delighted to be able to make a contribution towards this.'

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