FOOTBALL is being used to help beat anti-social behaviour and boost youth opportunities in East Worthing.
West Sussex County Council has awarded a £15,000 Members’ Big Society grant to a unique football project in the area, to be run by Brighton and Hove Albion.
“Albion Goals” is aimed at young people known as NEETs because they are not in any form of education, employment or training.
The grant will help pay for a series of football sessions at Kitty’s Field recreation ground in the heart of the East Worthing area.
The sessions are designed to act as a springboard to encourage the young people into opportunities based around training and apprenticeships.
At every football session, time will be provided for “stepping stones to employment” – a mentoring service for those trying to get into work.
The scheme is being run by Albion In the Community – the football club’s charitable foundation.
Michael Brown, WSCC cabinet member for finance and resources, who approved the grant, said: “The scheme is based around using the ‘power of football’, and I was delighted to support it because it fits in well with the aims of the Big Society and Active Communities.
“The project has been identified for the area due to a rise in anti-social behaviour and also in the claiming rate for Job Seekers Allowance being four per cent compared with a county average of 2.4 per cent.”
The funding will pay for coaching, equipment, promotional material, medals and certificates.