Youth summer project to be extended in the county

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A summer project giving young people the chance to try out KMX karts and other adventure activities is being extended in Nottinghamshire.

Last summer more than 100 young people took part in sessions over the holiday period in Mansfield and this summer there will also be sessions for the first time in Sutton-in- Ashfield and in Hucknall.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Targeted Support Outreach Team will be working with a number of partners to introduce the sessions which provide young people aged eight to 18 years old with adrenaline-fuelled activities which will keep them occupied and reduce boredom and low-level antisocial behaviour.

The sessions starting this week for the next 12 weeks are set to take place in the following locations:

  • In Ashfield district, on Thursdays between 6pm and 8pm, at both Titchfield Park, in Hucknall and The Oval in Sutton-in-Ashfield
  • In Mansfield district, on Fridays between 6pm and 8pm, at both Oak Tree Leisure Centre, in Jubilee Way South, and Barringer Road on the Ravensdale estate.

The sessions at Oak Tree Lane and on the Ravensdale estate were so successful last year that young people were often joined by parents and older peers as the events became popular social meetings for the respective local communities.

Councillor Liz Plant, Vice-Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We are delighted that this youth project will be taking place in Sutton-in-Ashfield and Hucknall as well as Mansfield this summer. It will give more young people in different communities the chance to take part in these exciting activities which they might not otherwise get a chance to try out.”

Activities will include:

  • Mansfield Wheels Activity Centre – with a mobile bike unit, KMX karts and BMX bikes
  • Tri Slacklining – urban sports climbing wall, slacklining (balancing on a slackened elastic rope tied between two points).

Youth worker Lisa Jeffrey, based within the Targeted Support and Youth Justice team at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We had some very positive feedback about this scheme from last year. The communities are working closely with a range of agencies to provide relevant and popular activities for young people which they enjoyed.”

The Mansfield sessions have been funded by Mansfield Partnership Against Crime (MPAC), the local community safety partnership which has provided £8,258 for the scheme.

And the county council has worked alongside Ashfield Community Safety Partnership which has also provided £8,258 to make the forthcoming sessions possible in Sutton-in-Ashfield and Hucknall. Steven Osborn, Project Coordinator for Warsop-based Mansfield Wheels Activity Centre, delivers the KMX kart and BMX bike sessions. Temporary tracks are laid down for races at each location. Kirkby-in- Ashfield based Tri-Slacklining is the agency delivering the slacklining sessions. For more details about the sessions contact Nicola Grundy or Lisa Jeffrey at Nottinghamshire County Council on 0115 982 3823.