NORTH EAST LINCOLNSHIRE
25 Jul 2019
Every Thursday evening throughout the summer holidays there will be a range of exciting free activities for young people to get involved in at Sussex Recreational Ground in Cleethorpes.
From learning the art of free-running to having a laugh with friends in a game of bubble football, we’ve got some great activities planned this year to help keep young people busy and out of trouble.
The initiative launches today, Thursday 25 July, with activities taking place between 4pm and 7pm. It will then run every week for six weeks (until Thurs 29 August).
We spoke to the man that organises it all PCSO Simon Roberts (pictured below) to find out more about the events and why he does it.
Q: Hi Simon, firstly what can people expect at the event?
A: There are loads of great things going on this year. We have several football related activities including footdarts, zorb football and 5-a-side tournaments.
If football’s not your thing don’t worry though. We will also be seeing the return of Team Reality Parkour, which was really popular last year, so young people can come along and learn how to free run.
There will be various other activities there each week so I really would encourage people to come along and see what is going on, it’s going to be really fun.Q: That sounds great. How did this all begin then?
A: It all started because we were getting quite a lot of calls relating to teenagers behaving antisocially in this area so I looked for a way to encourage young people to get involved with something a bit more positive.
Initially I simply wanted to improve the grassed 5-a-side area so that teens would be more likely to use it and could have a kick about when they weren’t at school. This morphed into running these events which we did for the first time last year.
It was so successful last year that funding has again been granted from the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Ward Councillors for Sidney Sussex meaning we are able to do it all again this year.
We really lucky to be working with some brilliant companies again this year to bring fun and exciting activities to the rec.
It does take a lot of organising but it is totally worth it when I see how many people come down and how much fun the kids have getting involved.
Q: So how do young people get involved with the activities?
A: If you want to get involved all you need to do is simply turn up on the day and join in.
All the activities are supervised so there is no need to worry about not knowing what to do as there will always be someone there to help you.
You can bring a friend or come on your own and meet new friends – whatever works for you.
Q: What would you say to parents that are considering sending their kids to the event?
A: As a parent myself, I know that occupying a teenager over the summer holidays can feel like a full time job in itself and can often leave your wallet a little lighter too.
This is a free, fun, safe event to keep your son or daughter busy and active on a Thursday evening and it won’t cost you a penny.
Q: And what would you say to teens that might be thinking of coming?
A: If you want something fun to do this summer holiday, then grab as many mates as possible and come down to Sussex Rec on Thursday evenings between 4pm and 7pm and get involved.
You never know, you might even win a prize.