Street Stadia bringing free sports fun into the community

Thursday, 28th July 2016

YOUNG sports lovers are being given the chance to have a go at football, softball, netball and other ball sports in their own neighbourhood this summer – completely free of charge.

Throughout the summer, Burton Albion Community Trust and Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service is setting up its Street Stadia in four venues around the borough and giving 11 to 17-year-olds the chance to have a go at a range of ball sports for free.

The Street Stadia will be running throughout the school summer holidays at:

  • Moor Lane open space, Bolehall – Mondays 5pm-8pm
  • Rosemary Road play area, Amington – Tuesdays 5pm-8pm
  • Belgrave Lakes, Birds Bush Road – Wednesdays 5pm-8pm
  • The Bumpy, Deltic, Glascote Heath – Thursdays 5pm-8pm

There is no need to book – just turn up and play. All the sessions are fully supervised and led by qualified staff from Burton Albion Community Trust.

The Street Stadia sessions are being run as part of the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership’s Summerwatch campaign to promote safety and crime prevention as part of a host of activities for young people.

They are being funded by the Staffordshire Police & Crime Commissioner’s Space scheme, which has given more than £11,000 for youth activities under the Summerwatch umbrella.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Wellbeing, said: “Street Stadia gives young people a great opportunity to take part in fun fitness activities completely free of charge. It also gives them the chance to have a go at other sports they might not have tried before.”

Space has been launched by Police & Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis, to increase young people’s skills, improve their health and wellbeing and create opportunities for young people to take part in positive activities to help make communities safer.

Other activities, which take place throughout Tamworth, include: 

  • Boxing sessions at the Cornerpost Gym for boys and girls aged 11-17
  • Retro arcade games at Namco Funscape Bowling
  • Ten-pin bowling
  • Twisted Firestarter performing arts workshop, led by Fired Up Theatre, exploring the consequences of arson and the misuse of fire.
More information on the dates, times and places of all the Space activities taking place in Tamworth can be found on the Space website at www.staffordshirespace.uk