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An activity programme for young people in Goole has proved so successful that organisers are planning to expand it.

Over 3,000 young people attended activity sessions organised by the Goole Youth Coalition during the 2015 school summer holidays. Organisers say the programme contributed to a 13 per cent reduction in youth related anti-social behaviour in the area in August, at a time when incidents usually increase. Over 6,000 hours of activities including swimming lessons, dance, football skills, touch rugby, trampolining, judo, multi sports, street games, archery, circus skills and traditional games were provided at venues across Goole and Old Goole, with an average of 73 youngsters attending each day.

Now the Coalition is planning to expand the summer programme for 2016 and to also offer more activities during the autumn and winter months. The Coalition, co-ordinated by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s youth and family support service (YFS), includes Police, Goole Town Council, Goole Academy, Castaway Music Theatre, New Life Church, The Courtyard, Goole Community Group, Groundworks, the Sobriety Project, Goole Go Far and other council departments.

Plans for this year’s activities are being drawn up. For details, or to offer support or funding, contact 01482 392804.

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