Young People Need Not be Bored This Summer
Monday 9th August 2010
The first ever, ‘Wootton Summer Scheme’, runs
from the 2nd – 13th August, with a range of
sport and craft activities are on offer each day. The programme’s
celebratory event will be held on Thursday 12th August,
at Memorial Hall, Wootton – with the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave
Hodgson, in attendance at 10.30am.
The pilot scheme’, is a partnership programme
which has successfully set up recreational facilities for young
people (from 5 – 19 years of age) who have little or no access to
local amenities or mainstream facilities in the Town Centre,
due to limited transport and other constraints.
The key aim of the programme is community
cohesion and to provide affordable, accessible activities,
coaching, training, team building, and platforms to recognise
Its introduction is also hoped to divert young
people from anti-social behaviour, boredom and lack of
opportunities, to illustrate the value of sport in personal,
academic, health and employment achievements.
The Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford
Museum has supported the scheme by focusing on Bedford’s sporting
heroes to mark the ‘Inspired’ exhibition, which was held from May
–July at the Museum. The Museum will concentrate on the schemes
topic linking sport, art and heritage going forward with future
The participants’ achievement in team building
and community cohesion, resulting from sport, has been recognised
by the government’s National Council for Educational/Vocational
Awards (NCVA) programme.
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson,
said: “There are 60 young people a day who are enjoying this
programme and as word of mouth spreads, it seems to be proving more
popular. The programme is part of a packed summer of events for
young people across the borough, which is great for them, and for
For more information, contact Wootton Parish,
Cllr Paul Prescod on 07927 555525.