MORE than 70 youngsters took part in a community event last week which used sport to bring people together and stamp out crime and anti-social behaviour.
Karli Povey, XX, and 11 other volunteers who help out with The Hastings Borough Council (HBC) Active Streetgames secured £3,000 funding to run the half term fun day on Wishing Tree Field in Hollington, St Leonards.
It was aimed at local 10 to 16-year-olds living in the surrounding area and they turned out in their droves to enjoy sports like football as well as more unusual activities like a rodeo ride and a bungee rope race.
The idea was to reach out to the young community and break down barriers between different groups, tackling some of the problems in that part of town.
Local councillors Phil Scott, Emily Westley and Bruce Dowling supported the cause, as did Mayor Kim Forward who showed she was a good sport by taking on Miss Povey in an inflatable gladiator challenge. She was thrilled to see local people taking an active interest in local issues.
She said: “What a fantastic day - and it was all made possible by these young volunteers. They really are a credit to their community.”
Miss Povey and the other volunteers worked under The Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers project, a national scheme which trains young people to improve their comunities.
Programme manger John Downes said: “It’s fantastic to see the initiative these young volunteers have used to develop their own community event. I’m sure the young people involved will go on to become sports leaders in their community, helping more people participate regularly in sport.”