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Leader of Lichfield District Council backs return of Space summer holiday scheme

The revamped Space summer holiday scheme have been backed by Lichfield District Council.

Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis is behind the drive to reintroduce the club, which provided activities during the 80’s and 90’s.

He has already pledged up to £140,000 to fund the project with activities for this summer, but wants other organisations and businesses to support the revamped Space project in coming years.

Councillor Mike Wilcox, leader of Lichfield District Council, has welcomed the return of Space, with the local authority already organising a number of courses and sports sessions.

“We fully support this initiative offering activities for our young people and hope that many youngsters from within our district will take part over the summer months,” he said.

Cllr Mike Wilcox with Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

Cllr Mike Wilcox with Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis

Space is aimed at 11 to 17-year-olds and will run until September 4 this year.

Mr Ellis said: “My hope is that Space 2015 is just the start as I envisage the scheme expanding over coming years.

“The Space scheme has come back to life thanks to the hard work of a small group of colleagues in my office. This time around it will be different and will supplement existing activities being supported by local authorities, but the principles remain the same.

“The Chief Constable has agreed that neighbourhood policing teams will be at the heart of Space and is enthusiastically behind it.”

A calendar of events is available online.

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