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Newark sports scheme scores with grant from Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner

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Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry has awarded YMCA Newark and Sherwood almost £10,000 to pay for youth football initiatives and sporting activities.

The £9,775 from Mrs Henry’s Make Notts Safe Fund will be used to deliver two evenings of sport on Thursdays and Fridays, as well as an evening of outreach to identify those at risk or already engaged in anti-social behaviour.

Todd Cauthorn, executive director at YMCA Newark and Sherwood said: “We were delighted to have secured a grant from the commissioner’s Make Notts Safe Fund.

From left to right: Cllr Keith Girling, Todd Cauthorn, Caroline Cartwright and Commissioner Henry. (52953826)
From left to right: Cllr Keith Girling, Todd Cauthorn, Caroline Cartwright and Commissioner Henry. (52953826)

“This will enable us to expand our youth football initiative, as well as developing and facilitating more tailored youth sporting activities.

“Our aspiration is to reach and inspire more young people across our community and for them to have a place to belong, contribute and thrive.”

Mrs Henry visited the Community and Activity Village on Lord Hawke Way, Newark, to see for herself the work they do and to learn about what else can be done with the funding.

The commissioner said: “It has been great to be out today meeting with the YMCA team here and the young people that directly benefit from their work, and even having a chance to have a go at football myself.

“Preventing crime is one of my key priorities as your commissioner, which is precisely what the youth football initiative seeks to do through engaging young people through sport.

“I am delighted the funding I made available through the Makes Notts Safe Fund will enable them to deliver more preventative work.”

Sixteen organisations ­— including YMCA Newark and Sherwood ­— across Nottinghamshire have been awarded a total of £131,008 from Make Notts Safe, which launched last month.

Mrs Henry said: “This fund puts the power back in the hands of organisations on the ground to help us deliver real change by funding projects that have a tangible impact on making residents feel safer.

“I look forward to seeing the impact of the projects funded through the Make Notts Safe Fund on communities across Nottinghamshire as I work with our third-sector organisations to tackle crime and support victims.”

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