National award success for team

Karl Barry, Michael Scrafton, Connor Williams, Ryan Laws, Mandy Bennet, Rebecca Napier and Kay Brannon from The Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers programme in North Tyneside.
Karl Barry, Michael Scrafton, Connor Williams, Ryan Laws, Mandy Bennet, Rebecca Napier and Kay Brannon from The Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers programme in North Tyneside.

A team of volunteers from North Tyneside was among the winners at last Thursday’s vInspired National Awards.

The Co-operative StreetGames programme’s success in using football sessions to tackle anti-social behaviour in the borough earned it the prize for best team.

The team holds soccer sessions for teenagers in Wideopen, funded by a £9,100 grant from North Tyneside Council’s community investment fund.

It also runs Friday night drop-in sessions to offer young people an alternative to hanging round in the street drinking and causing trouble.

Alcohol-related crime among young people in the area affected is said to have fallen by almost half since the launch of the scheme.

Team member Rebecca Napier, 19, of Wallsend, said: “We are all thrilled to be named as winners at the vInspired National Awards.”

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell added: “I am delighted that StreetGames in North Tyneside has been recognised for the work it does. They are a credit to our area, and all involved should be very proud.”

vInspired chief executive Terry Ryall said: “The Co-operative StreetGames North Tyneside team is an inspirational group of young people.”