A free football project to stop young people becoming involved in crime and anti social behaviour will run in Eastbourne again during the Easter school holidays.
Football tournaments have been organised by Albion in the Community with support from Eastbourne Police.
Young people aged 12-19 across Eastbourne can test their skills on the different playing surfaces, including the slick 3G pitch at Eastbourne Sports Park.
3G is the new technology in sports turf. 3G pitches look like grass offering similar playing characteristics. The rubber infills allow studded boots to be used for extra grip, in addition to shock absorption offering extra comfort and increased playing performance.
Other surfaces include hardcourt at the Archery, grass at Whitley Rec and the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) at Ocklynge School.
Insp Rachel Barrow from the Neighbourhood Policing Team at Eastbourne, said, “This is not just about football, it is more important than that.
“By becoming involved in the tournaments, young people can expect to have a great time, make friends, and enjoy and improve their football and general sports ability in a safe, structured but fun environment.
“They are taught new skills as well as developing existing ones.
“They are encouraged to appreciate the benefits of teamwork and group cooperation, and to develop their self-confidence.
“This type of provision is not always so easily accessible, but thanks to Albion in the Community supported by some significant funding from partners in Eastbourne such as Sussex Police, local councillors, Eastbourne Homes area panels, the borough council, Places for People and the Community Safety Partnership, this is now available to everyone in that age group and whatever their playing ability.
“Once again my hope is that this will go some way to reduce the risk of young people getting involved in crime and anti-social behaviour, whether as victims or perpetrators, particularly during the school holidays when both boys and girls tell us that they struggle to find things to do with their time.
“It may also open doors and inspire sporting dreams or simply improve fitness and wellbeing.”