A GROUND-breaking basketball project which tackles anti-social behaviour in Sheffield has reached the finals of a national competition.
South Yorkshire Housing Association’s RESPECT project won the Safer Streets award and was also voted the overall regional winner for Yorkshire and Humberside in the National Housing Federation’s Community Impact Awards.
As part of the RESPECT project hundreds of primary schoolchildren have received coaching from the Sheffield Sharks.
Police and firemen also attend the basketball sessions to help educate the children and their families in health, crime, safety issues and bullying.
The scheme is part of a wider campaign by South Yorkshire Housing Association to tackle youth nuisance.
Great Places Housing Group has also been named as a winner.
The group won the Improving Neighbourhoods award for the Rags to Richmond Park project in Sheffield.
The £18 million regeneration project has changed the look and feel of Richmond Park estate, improving community spaces and refurbishing more than 300 homes.
Residents were at the forefront of the regeneration project and helped plan the building of new eco apartments and bungalows which have proved popular with older people and freed up desperately needed family homes for new residents.
Households have also seen their energy bills drop by a third after the scheme added insulation and installed new energy efficient boilers.
National Housing Federation Yorkshire and Humberside Lead Manager Rob Warm said: “Both South Yorkshire Housing Association and Great Places are worthy winners of the regional Community Impact Awards.
“Their projects show how housing associations go far beyond providing people with homes – they help residents live life to the full and create healthy and happy neighbourhoods.
“I wish South Yorkshire Housing Association luck as they head to the competition national finals.”