POLICE chiefs have launched a scheme aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour in a troubled Wrexham suburb.
North Wales Police have secured funding for a six-week football coaching scheme at Queensway, in Caia Park, aimed at getting teenagers off the streets in the evening, during the school holidays.
The sessions will run three times per week on Monday, Thursday and Saturday nights at the sports stadium, and coaches from Wrexham FC will be on hand to keep the teens occupied.
The campaign is aimed at keeping children aged 12-15 off the streets of Caia Park during the long summer nights,
Apprentice players at Wrexham FC have signed up to help out with coaching sessions, in an extension of the scheme which began last summer, with similar sessions being run in the Wrexham ward.
June’s meeting on Caia Park Community Council saw the public gallery packed with residents of Sycamore Road, who voiced their concerns to PCSO Wesley Williams, citing incidents of bricks being thrown and groups of youths congregating in gardens.
Wrexham town centre Sgt, Helen Douglas, said she hoped the new scheme would help to curb anti-social behaviour in the troubled area.
“It is no secret that there have been issues with anti-social behaviour recently in Caia Park,” she said.
“We have secured funding for these football sessions and we hope they will be really well attended. It is better that the youngsters are with our coaches, learning new football skills, rather than be out on the streets.
“We hope this scheme will help to curb anti-social behaviour throughout the area as we continue to seek to reduce anti-social behaviour during the summer months and the school holidays.”
Mark Roberts, Welsh Football Trust Club development co-ordinator, said: “The programme has allowed us to work in partnership with North Wales Police and develop informal playing opportunities for those that may have fallen out of love with the game.
“This has supported our growth of participation in the region but also ensured children can re-engage within the national game.”
The sessions are for 12-15-year-olds, starting on Monday, at Queensway Stadium.
Sessions are on Mondays from 8-10pm; Thursdays from 7-9pm and Saturdays from 8-10pm.
The project is a joint partnership between NWP, Welsh Football Trust and Wrexham Council.