Kicking off in Highcliffe
The young people of Highcliffe kicked off the summer when they took on the local Safer Neighbourhood Team in a football match.
Fifteen youngsters took on the challenge to play against the Neighbourhood Wardens, Accredited Community Safety Officers (ACSOs), Police, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), and the Youth Workers.
The match lasting the full 90 minutes was played at North Walls near River Park and attracted dozens of spectators. The Safer Neighbourhoods Team took an early lead, but this was short lived with a fantastic equaliser by the Highcliffe Youth Team. The first half saw some great play, including some fantastic tackling by Warden Supervisor Nigel Devlin. By the end of the first half the score was 1-1 and everything was to play for.
The second half was just as spectacular with some great passing, striking and saves by both goalkeepers. A penalty awarded to the Safer Neighbourhoods Team in the closing minutes of the match led to the winning goal, bringing the final score to 2-1.
Organiser Trevor Lynas, Neighbourhood Warden for Winchester City Council, summed up the event: “The multi-agency match was a great example of how we can work to break down the barriers between young people, the Neighbourhood Wardens and our partner agencies. It is important that we continue to engage with young people, to listen to their views and to work with them to make our communities a better safer place to live.”
This summer the Neighbourhood Wardens are also running a Summer Youth Football Tournament giving five football teams from Stanmore, Winnall and Highcliffe the opportunity to play one another.
Young people in Winnall are also being offered the chance to tell local community workers including the Neighbourhood Wardens and Youth Workers what they would like to see more of at a Youth Engagement event, organised by The Winnall Community Centre on Tuesday 28 August 2007.