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Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner heaps praise on AFC Bournemouth

Posted: Wed 16 Mar 2016
Marc Pugh joins in for a kickabout

Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner has heaped praise upon the role AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust play in reducing anti-social behaviour in the local area.

Martyn Underhill, who was elected in 2012, recently visited a Premier League Kicks session organised by the trust and applauded the way such initiatives help to steer young people away from a life of crime.

Over 60 young people were involved in the free-to-attend session he attended at Vitality Stadium, which aims to target primarily those aged 14+.

“It was fantastic to meet the staff and young people involved in the Kicks programme at AFC Bournemouth,” commented Underhill.

“The scheme provides a great way of engaging with the community, reducing anti-social behaviour and diverting young people from a life of crime.

“I am keen to support the initiative and help to grow it further. Young people are our future and it is important we support them in any way that we can.”

As well the specific session, those involved in Premier League Kicks also have the opportunity to work towards outcomes including: qualifications, a healthy lifestyle, volunteering and work experience opportunities.

Andrew Battison, operations co-coordinator of the programme, said: “We were pleased to welcome Martyn and give him an insight into the work of the Community Sports Trust and specifically our Kicks programme.

“We discussed different ways in which we could work together across the county to help engage more young people and further enhance citizenship and reduce anti-social behaviour.

“We look forward to now working more with Martyn and his Safer Neighbourhood Teams in the future.”
Dorset's company of the year, TeamJobs, have recently pledged their support to the Premier League Kicks scheme, which you can read about here.