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Fridays are for fitness say youngsters

More than 90 young people are getting fit on a Friday thanks to a unique scheme aimed to tackle anti-social behaviour in Penkridge.

South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) has pledged £500 to South Staffordshire District Council so the scheme can help more youngsters in the county.

The Council’s Penkridge Active Youth scheme, which has proved a success since it was launched in 2008, offers 13 to17 year olds free supervised gym and swimming sessions on Friday evenings at the village’s leisure centre.

The scheme helps to reduce anti-social behaviour by offering a safe place for youngsters to socialise, as well as improving their fitness and health.

Penkridge Active Youth currently has 97 members and the latest donation from SSHA will provide transport for youngsters from Huntington to also benefit.

Jan Goode, director of customer services at SSHA, said: “It is great news that our funding has allowed the scheme to expand. The feedback from the Penkridge Neighbourhood Network tells us that since the scheme started they have experienced fewer reports of anti-social behaviour.

“Active Youth allows youngsters to meet up in a safe venue and do something positive together. We are pleased that residents have benefitted from a reduction in anti-social behaviour and that young people are being give n the support to get fit and active.”

Jayne Holmes, manager of programming at Penkridge Leisure Centre, said: “We are very grateful to South Staffordshire Housing Association for its continued support as it really helps us deliver our programme for young people. The success of this project means it is having a positive impact on residents who are experiencing a reduction in anti-social behaviour, as well as the young people who are learning to live a healthy lifestyle.”

Thirteen-year-old Connor Davies gets active with instructor Miles Mitchell thankThirteen-year-old Yaz Hodgkiss pedals to fitness at the Penkridge Active Youth s