A FESTIVE football tournament is hoping to help young people put the boot into post-Christmas boredom.
Hebburn Comprehensive School’s all-weather pitch is being opened up on Friday for those aged 11 to 19 to take part in a special kickabout.
The tournament, starting at 1pm, will be run by South Tyneside Council’s Sports Development Positive Future’s team with FA-certified coaches also present on the day.
Chris Hutchinson, Positive Futures co-ordinator, said: “Hebburn Comprehensive School and our partners have been instrumental in giving the young people of South Tyneside an opportunity to play their favourite game at an excellent facility.
“Our sports development team encourages more sport and healthy lifestyles, particularly among our young people from within the borough. Foot- ball has the power to inspire, the power to develop not only players, but good young people, and increase community cohesion through using the game as a social vehicle.”
The tournament has been made possible through funding from the Jarrow and Hebburn Safer Neighbourhood Team, made up of police and partner agencies, including South Tyneside Council.
The event also ties in with the Northumbria Police campaign Put Yourself In Their Shoes, tackling all forms of anti-social behaviour.
Neighbourhood Inspector for Jarrow and Hebburn, Ian King, said: “Young people often get a hard time for hanging round the streets.
“Even if they aren’t committing any crime, it may still be perceived as anti-social behaviour by the more vulnerable in our communities.
“And we know activities are limited between Christmas and New Year, with facilities closing down for the festive season.
“This is why we have joined forces with our partners to provide the football tournament.
“I’d encourage young people in the area to come along and get involved, as individuals or a team.”
South Tyneside Council’s Sports Development Positive Future’s team runs a number of projects around the borough aimed at keeping young people off the streets.
For more information on the football tournament, contact Chris Hutchinson on 424 7845.