Officers Let the Games Begin!

Officers from Cleveland Police are bringing fun and games to youngsters across the county.

The force is the very first in the country to train frontline officers as Multi Skills Activators after PC Chris Hilton launched a sports education programme in East Middlesbrough.

Over a period of 12 months, officers went into North Ormesby Primary Academy, St Alphonsus, Thorntree Primary and Park End Primary schools, running sports classes and telling children about crime and antisocial behaviour.

After positive feedback from teachers and pupils, the force joined StreetGames UK -a national organisation which aims to make sport more widely available for young people across the country.

StreetGames also manages the network of Doorstep Sport providers – community groups, local authorities, sports clubs and other organisations with an interest in young people’s wellbeing.

Twenty PCs and PCSOs from Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland have now been trained by StreetGames UK
and they’re delivering sports education and running street games sessions to hundreds of children and young people.

PC Hilton said: “We got such good feedback from our pilot sessions in Middlesbrough that we knew we could do more.

“Getting in touch with StreetGames has been brilliant.  Through the specialist knowledge, expertise and training they gave our officers, our young people are now receiving fun, safe and healthy sports sessions which we hope they are enjoying as much as we are.”

Stuart Felce, StreetGames Strategic Head of Community Safety and Sport explained: “Cleveland Police have been a great team to work with!  They understand how sport and physical activity can play a key role in reducing youth crime and ASB, not just in diverting young people but also to help them raise their resilience and self-eficacy, especially in the most disadvantaged communities.”

StreetGames Tutor, Graham Herstell added: “Twenty officers took part in the StreetGames MultiSkills Activator workshop where they were asked to take part and lead activities in various sports and games. These activities are designed to be easy to engage with, fun and at a level that all can take part in. It was good to see the officers having some fun whilst learning some valuable engagement skills that will support the outreach work the force carries out. StreetGames are proud to support the Cleveland Police with this partnership and see this work as trailblazing in this sector.”

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