ORGANISATIONS from across Coventry have joined forces to put on more than 800 hours of sessions to help young people get active during the summer holidays.
More than 2,000 young people in the city will benefit from the activities over the course of the six-week break.
Coventry Youth Partnership, a network of local youth providers led by Positive Youth Foundation (PYF), will be delivering the activities – with 12 of the 16 wards in Coventry being reached.
It has been funded by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner through the ‘Early Intervention Youth Fund’ and follows on from a successful pilot earlier this year.
Activities will be run in areas where there are concerns about lack of positive activity and provision during the school holidays.
Schools, sports clubs and youth clubs will be hosting the sessions, which will enable participants to engage in physical activity and also aid young people in developing leadership skills.
Organisations involved include Ascension Dance, Aptitude Youth Work, Empower U, Longford Short Football, St. Finbarrs GAA and Coventry Bears.
Three schools will also be hosting activities including St Elizabeth’s Primary School in Foleshill, Barr’s Hill School in Radford and Blue Coat Church of England School.
PYF is managing the project on behalf of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
Cormac Whelan, Programmes Manager at Positive Youth Foundation, said: “This is an exciting new co-ordinated approach to youth provision that we have never seen before in Coventry.
“Working as a partnership we are able to provide further high-quality provision than in previous summers to give opportunities for more young people to get active and further their personal development.
“We ran a similar programme utilising the same fund earlier this year with more than 300 young people engaged and this was a huge success.
“It is fantastic that as a city we have come together with this unique partnership approach and
“We hope that this extensive provision will help to create more positive activity for young people to be involved in during the holiday period.”
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, said: “Crime has been rising across the country and here in the West Midlands we are not immune. We’ve been hit by a rise in knife crime of 85 per cent since 2012.
“That is why I am so pleased we will be able to provide a wide range of activities for youngsters in Coventry and the wider West Midlands over the summer period.
“The warmer days and light evenings traditionally lead to a rise in crime, which sadly often results in serious harm, injuries and occasionally even death.
“It is vital that we don’t abandon young people over the summer holidays and we continue to engage with those most at risk.”
The full schedule of sessions and events can be found in the events section at www.coventryyouthpartnership.org