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On the ball with a bid to help youths
Buy this photo » Kieran Pontin and Alana Sargent, the Street Games Community Sport coach for Fresh Moves
The Fresh Moves Project, funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson, encourages young people to steer clear of anti-social behaviour.
On Monday, the project aimed to break down the misconceptions of people with disabilities, with able bodied youngsters taking part in wheelchair basketball and rugby.
Mark Stennett, Fresh Moves Co-ordinator, said: “The youngsters really enjoyed it, they were really enthusiastic.
“It helps build their confidence and shows them that disabled people are just like the rest of us.
“It also helps get them into different types of sports and breaks down the stereotypes around disabled people.
“The project is targeted at those in the community who are deemed to be at risk of offending and anti-social behaviour, so we aim to disengage them with that.
“It is all very positive, and we have had a lot of people aged 10 to 19 taking part.”
Monday’s activities were held by the Fresh Moves Project, StreetGames, Swindon Youth For Christ and Shine Project at Swindon Academy sports hall.
StreetGames is a sports charity that changes lives and communities by helping a network of projects that give sports and volunteering opportunities to young people in disadvantaged communities.
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