Goalposts for Amble
Dated: 08 Aug 2012[View Full Size]
Northumbria Police officers in Amble have helped youngsters to a winning home goal after securing funding for goal posts in the town.
The long-awaited five-aside goal posts were cemented into place off Priory Park and Dandsfield Square at the village’s Radcliff Estate.
A local multi-agency problem solving group including Amble’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, Homes for Northumberland, Amble Town Council and Amble Development Trust worked together to help secure the sports equipment.
The posts are at a pitch suitable for all age groups although it is expected to be mostly used by local youngsters.
Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Darin Fawcett has been the driving force behind the scheme together with Community Safety Officers Lynsey Green and Clare Hart.
Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott said: “As part of the 'Put yourself in their shoes' anti-social behaviour campaign the force is currently running, police and partners are promoting activities available to young people over the school holidays.
"We hope these goalposts will be well used by all of the local community in Amble.”
PCSO Fawcett added: “This has been in the planning for a long time and came in response to a local need to stop youths playing football in the street, kicking balls against garage doors. I'm pleased they are now in place and available for the youngsters to use.”
The goal posts were made and erected by Northumberland County Council’s Adult Learning Construction Apprentices at Ashington – Mark Robertson, Stephen Hall, Karl Johnston, Steven Barlow, Richard Gray and Andrew Walton - as part of their formal building qualifications.
Photograph shows PC Andy Welsh and PCSO Fawcett with the members of Northumberland County Council’s Adult Learning Construction, including Sid MacDonald, and youngsters from Amble.