FOCUS bring kids together from across borough
Focus On Communities Using Sport (FOCUS), a multi-agency project based in Poole, brought together 120 young people from across the borough to take part in their first Kick It Out event.
Funded by Barclays and Dorset Crime Beat, a tournament was held in which 12 teams battled it out over two categories, junior and intermediate, at EA:Ashdown to win the prestigious Kick it Out trophy.
The kids also participated in a wide variety of activities associated with racism and prejudice behaviour, including interactive team challenges, a Futsal workshop and educational/equality activities.
TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) headed up some of the activities to educate children and young people on Black History month and the values Kick it Out believe in.
Angela Reece, a Project Manager from Bournemouth YMCA, said: “Despite funding cuts, it’s great to see Kick It Out continuing to reach young people. Racism has no place in football and that message has been broadcast loud and clear here today by everybody involved.”
The young people were lucky enough to have a guest speaker, Stafford Carrington, an entrepreneur and the chairman of Impact Sports to talk to them about believing in their abilities and achieving their goals.
Stafford presented the prizes to the winning teams. In the junior category, Bourne Valley emerged victorious, with Turlin Moor finishing runners-up. Waterloo won the intermediate category, beating Parkstone Players in the final. Fair play awards went to Boscombe A and Parkstone Players B.
Billy Bulloch from the Poole Town and Oakdale Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:
“It’s so great to see so many teams take part in the event – they are fully engaging in all the workshops and we hope they will all take something away from the day.”
Billy continued: “This is exactly the outcome we hoped FOCUS would produce, educating the young people, teaching them life skills and channelling their energies, while helping to foster their sense of community spirit.”
FOCUS, driven by Dorset Police, Borough of Poole, Dorset FA and Nacro, hold training sessions led by the police and supported by youth centres and volunteers each week.
To find out more, visit the office website of FOCUS by clicking here