New summer diversion project under way

The programme takes place at the vale Centre betweem 10pm and midnight on Friday's.
The programme takes place at the vale Centre betweem 10pm and midnight on Friday's.

A diversionary summer scheme aimed at keeping young people off the streets and entertained over the summer months has been launched in Greysteel.

The Vale Centre is being used as a drop-in centre for young people between 10pm and midnight on Friday nights.

A number of sports coaches are being used to keep participants fit and active, with a range of club games such as table tennis and football offered throughout the scheme.

Neighbourhood Policing Teams are also being brought in to engage with young people and talks on issues around drugs and alcohol will be facilitated at the centre.

Project officer Columba Mailey said around 30 young people in the Greysteel area will make use of the service.

He said: “We are a providing cross-community element, which helps better community relations, when there is the potential for rising tensions during the summer months.

“We are keen to promote mutual understanding, respect and tolerance for others.

“These themes are all central to this success of this project.

“We will be running a midnight soccer programme, and also have an Xbox for young people to take part in FIFA tournaments.”

He added: “The project is so important to the local community, as it gives young people in the area a healthy alternative.

“Residents in Greysteel commended last year’s project, saying the streets were quieter during summer months. If we can build on that this year, the potential for sustainability of successful diversion schemes will be enhanced in Greysteel.

“We would like to thank Limavady PCSP for their support. Without their help, we would not be able to run such a valuable project in the local community.”