Police funds football club's respect project

PUBLISHED: 12:42 05 May 2014

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens talking with coaches and youngsters involved with the Respect Project.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens talking with coaches and youngsters involved with the Respect Project.

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THE Police and Crime Commissioner visited North Somerset to see how thousands of pounds donated in her name have helped communities.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens talking with coaches and youngsters involved with the Respect Project.Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens talking with coaches and youngsters involved with the Respect Project.

Sue Mountstevens, who was elected to the post 18 months ago, promised to give £200,000 to groups across Avon and Somerset each year.

On Thursday, she went to see some of the projects that have benefited from grants, including the Sports Active Seagulls Community Trust, based at Weston Football Club in Winterstoke Road.

Ms Mountstevens’ Community Action Fund (CAF) handed the trust £5,000 last year during its first round of grants.

The money has gone some way to funding the football club’s Respect project, along with support from Alliance Homes.

For two hours every day, the respect course features guest speakers and football coaching.

Geoff Stevens, community manager for the Seagulls trust, said: “Over the five-week pilot project the group 
of 15 young people will receive workshops based around antisocial behaviour, 
bullying, racism, drugs and alcohol awareness, respect, healthy living, smoking and work experience opportunities.

“A number of local organisations have been very supportive of the project and guest speakers include local assistant referee Ron Ganfield (who officiates at Premiership matches).”

Ms Mountstevens spoke to youngsters about how much they have learnt and enjoyed the work carried out at the football club, during her visit to the Woodspring Stadium.

The CAF was brought in with four main aims, three of which focussed on cutting burglary rates, antisocial behaviour and violent crime. She also wanted the initiative to give victims ‘a louder voice’.

Other projects to benefit in the past 12 months include the Community Action and Drugs Misuse Forum, The Coles Shed and Yatton Youth Club.

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