Street dancers in Burntwood help launch 2016 Space scheme

Street dancers in Burntwood have helped to launch the 2016 Space scheme.

Matthew Ellis with street dancers in Burntwood

Matthew Ellis with street dancers in Burntwood

Young people across Staffordshire will be able to take part in a range of sessions as part of the summer holiday initiative.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis has helped bring Space back after more than a decade and he visited Burntwood Leisure Centre to see an Attitude Street Dance workshop.

Tasmin Turner, Youth Sports Development Officer for Lichfield District Council, said: “We had quite a few new participants join us this week, and we’re looking forward to continuing the sessions over the summer and welcoming even more young people every Monday afternoon.

“They are fun and energetic sessions that fuse street dance with cheerleading.”

Space was originally an activities scheme led by police in Staffordshire aimed at engaging young people before it stopped in the 1990s.

The new scheme is aimed at increasing skills, improving health and wellbeing, and creating opportunities for young people aged 11 and 17 to take part in positive activities to make communities safer.

Activities include archery, toboganing, swimming, boxing, arts and crafts, drama, dodgeball, football and fishing.

Mr Ellis said: “There was a great turnout for the streetcheer session and it was amazing to see a great bunch of young people involved and enjoying it.

“The Space programme is all about providing a positive experience for young people and opportunity to engage with public and voluntary sector organisations.”

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