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SSHA Supports Healthy Approach to Nuisance Prevention

Young people from around Penkridge have benefited from an Active Youth Programme at Penkridge Leisure Centre thanks to a donation of £240 from SSHA.

The twelve week programme provides up to 45 young people aged between 13 and 17 with the opportunity to take part in supervised swimming and fitness sessions.

Sue Rowley, Managing Director at SSHA commented: "We know that the young people taking part in the programme are really enjoying themselves while learning about the importance of healthy living and exercise.  We also see it as a positive step towards helping reduce youth led anti-social behaviour in the neighbourhood on Friday nights, so everyone benefits."

Jayne Holmes, Manager of Programming at Penkridge Leisure Centre, said: "We are very grateful to SSHA for the donation as it really helps us deliver our programme for young people.  Our aim is to show young people that adopting a healthy lifestyle and exercising is not only essential but can be great fun.  We hope that by the end of the Programme they will want to become lifelong exercisers!"

The scheme, supported by the local police and youth workers, already seems to be having a positive impact on nuisance levels in the area.

Jackie Ilic with active youth in Penkridge