TEN thousand pounds is needed to retain a vital community scheme in the town, it has emerged.
Clegwell Community Association in Mountbatten Avenue, Hebburn – fondly known as the “10-bob bit” – caters for up to 80 youths on a Friday evening who play football there.
It’s part of a police and community bid to reduce the risk of antisocial behaviour and has proved very successful.
However, the scheme is now in danger because of a funding shortage.
Coun John McCabe, who represents Hebburn South for Labour, is particularly keen to see the project retained.
He said: “The lads who play on a Friday night from seven to 9pm are, let’s say, a lively bunch.
“When they’re playing football they’re less likely to be hanging around Hebburn Park and the riverside drinking and causing anti-social behaviour.
“It’s ticking all the right boxes in terms of tackling anti-social behaviour and obesity.”
Coun McCabe said it was hoped to raise some of the cash from Hebburn Community Area Forum funding, but other avenues are being pursued.
He added: “I will try to have a word with some officers, but we know how tight finances are.
“If there is someone out there who can help, we’d like to hear from them.”
Anyone with funding ideas can ring 501 7245.