Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson joined youngsters in Chippenham for a kickabout recently.
Mr Macpherson visited the Kandu Kicks football session following the project receiving a £3,000 grant from the PCC's Fund, which is administered by the Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon.
The football project, set up in partnership with housing group GreenSquare, is run weekly by community group Kandu Arts. It is for youngsters aged 13-19 from Chippenham who might have previously faced barriers to following their talent, interest or passion for sport.
As well as giving youngsters the chance to play football, those on the scheme can receive mentoring and other support. Participation in the sessions in free thanks to grant support from the PCC's Fund and other organisations including GreenSquare.
At the football session, Mr Macpherson said: “This is an excellent project with 35 youngsters attending today. They are expending energy, are enthusiastic, learning a new skill and developing social skills. This project gives them an opportunity to engage positively, rather than just ‘hanging out’ on the street.”
Helen Barbrook, Head of Community Involvement (Wiltshire) at GreenSquare, said: “We’re delighted that Mr Macpherson paid a visit to Kandu Kicks – it really gave him the chance to see the fantastic work of the project in action.”
The PCC's Fund aims to help local groups address crime and anti-social behaviour and improve personal and community security. The funds are raised through the sale of unclaimed lost property.