Sports activities cut in Sheffield suburb

Nether Edge Councillors have saved a youth group session at Broadfield Park. Pictured are Sherry Chishty, ten, Shumile Chrishty, 14, Coun Nikki Bond, and James Milovanovic-Firth.

Nether Edge Councillors have saved a youth group session at Broadfield Park. Pictured are Sherry Chishty, ten, Shumile Chrishty, 14, Coun Nikki Bond, and James Milovanovic-Firth.

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Youth activity sessions in Sheffield which were due to be axed due to funding changes have been saved by a group of councillors.

Activity Sheffield currently puts on two sessions per week for young people living in Nether Edge.

But due to the service’s deprivation-based funding model, the sessions in the area were set to be lost.

Nether Edge councillors have since stepped in to ensure that at least one session per week will continue.

The activities are currently held every Tuesday and Thursday and include sports for young people.

Most of the time youngsters enjoy a football kickabout, but basketball, rounders or any other sports are also available during the sessions.

It is hoped the activities will help keep kids in the area of out trouble.

Last year, The Star reported police had put a Section 30 antisocial behaviour order on the area to help tackle nuisance like noise and vandalism.

Nether Edge councillor Nikki Bond said: “The allocation of funding is based on multiple indices of deprivation, so the funding is going to places where it’s needed, and that’s absolutely fair and right.

“But we have been able to negotiate with Activity Sheffield and make sure we continue to have one session a week.

“It used to be two sessions but Nether Edge councillors have worked really hard to make sure it continues in some form.

“It will complement the other options around the area such as the skate park and the boxing gym.”

From April, sessions will be held every Tuesday from 7pm at Broadfield Park MUGA.

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