BLAST OFF! Space launched this week!

Wednesday, 27th July 2016

SPACE 2016 lifted off this week with hundreds of summer holiday activities on offer for youngsters across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Before stopping in the 1990s, Space was originally an activities scheme led by police in Staffordshire aimed at engaging young people.

Now, Space 2016, is co-ordinated by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire. It is aimed at increasing skills, improving health and wellbeing, and creating opportunities for young people aged 11 and 17 to take part in positive activities to make communities safer.

Over 3,100 individual indoor and outdoor activities and many of them are free of charge. Activities on offer including archery, tobogganing, ice-skating, swimming, boxing, arts and crafts, wildlife, ten-pin bowling, den building, drama, DJ mixing, dodgeball, fishing, football, gymnastics, kayaking, military challenge, movies, skating, music, photography, street dance, tennis, wheelchair basketball and trampolining.

Mr Ellis said: “I promised Space 2016 would happen and now it’s landed. There has been a lot of work to get us to this stage. I would like to thank all the organisations who have helped to make this possible. I’m looking forward to getting out and seeing Space in action across Staffordshire over the next few weeks.

“Last year Space saw more than 13,300 attendances by young people and it was great to see such positive activities taking place. The money I have pledged will help to increase young people’s personal skills and improve their health and general wellbeing by creating opportunities for them to get involved in during the school summer holiday. Places are getting booked up fast so check out the website and book your place soon.”

These are some examples of the activities in Tamworth:

‘Fired up’ Theatre company – Free

5-day course, 1 Aug – 5 Aug between 11am and 5pm

Tamworth Enterprise College, Birds Bush Road, Belgrave, Tamworth

Boxing Sessions – Free

Various weekday sessions between 25 July and 2 Sep

Tamworth boxing club, The Cornerpost Education Centre, Orchard Street, Tamworth, B79 7RH

Bowling sessions – Free

Thursdays between 25 July and 2 Sep, 7pm – 9pm

Strykers bowl, Riverside Drive, Tamworth

Retro arcade games – Free

Mondays between 25 July and 2 Sep, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Strykers bowl, Riverside Drive, Tamworth