A sports-based programme designed to encourage participation has been praised for inspiring a drop in anti-social behaviour.
The Community Foundation, led by football club AFC Fylde, has helped achieve a nine per cent drop in crime in hotspots across the region, as children and teenagers are encouraged to take part in sport.
Tom Hutton, AFC Fylde’s director of community development said: “The foundation has been delivering activities which engage and stimulate young people, deterring them from taking part in activities which can cause local residents cause for concern.
“It works with 20 young people at each event and delivers four events a weekend, with more than 80 children take part.”
The scheme, supported by Fylde Council, the Fylde Community Safety Partnership and Lancashire County Council, is held at Hove Road Park and Ashton Gardens in St Annes, as well as Kirkham Memorial Park and Bridges Playing Field every Saturday between 6 and 8pm.
Since the activities started, reported crime figures have decreased by nine per cent in the period January 1 to November 31 last year.
Anti-social behaviour falls into three categories: environmental, which refers to fly-tipping, littering and fouling; personal, which is linked to neighbour nuisance and stray dogs; and nuisance, which is related to youth behaviour.
Bryan Ward, Fylde Community Safety Manager said: “The Fylde Community Safety Partnership is fully supportive of positive activities which draw young people away from engaging in anti-social behaviour.
“The sporting activities provided by AFC Fylde Community Foundation have made an obvious contribution towards significant falls in ASB during the past 12 months.
“Overall ASB reported to Fylde Council is currently more than nine per cent down on the year with similar figures recorded by police.”
If you would like to take part in any of these free sports sessions, contact Tom Hutton, on 07739 796101.