East Leeds: Football sessions cut anti-social behaviour

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Youngsters in Halton Moor are giving anti-social behaviour and racism the boot thanks to a successful football scheme.

In the last year more than 500 young people have attended sessions at the leisure centre funded by Leeds City Council’s anti-social behaviour team and aimed at improving community integration and keeping kids off the streets.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said other areas could learn from the scheme, which has been credited with reducing anti-social behaviour to an all-time low. “The people involved in the project – particularly the players, officials and coaches – can be really proud of the good example they’ve set,” he said.

Coun Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council executive board member for communities, added: “The project is giving hundreds of young people in this community the chance to have a good time, get to know people – and maybe even pick up the skills to become the next Sam Byram, David Batty or Norman Hunter.”

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