Commissioner visits Bridgend to see how ‘urban rugby’ is kicking asb into touch

Image of PCC Alun Michael and others at the TACKLE after Dark event in Pyle, Bridgend.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael visited Pyle recently to see how Commissioner-funded projects are helping to reduce anti-social behaviour.

He was joined by his Deputy, Emma Wools, for the visit which began with an introduction to ‘urban rugby’ – a new brand of the nation’s favourite sport which has contributed to a 50% reduction in some areas.

‘TACKLE After Dark’ is fully funded by the Commissioner and is the product of a partnership between the Bridgend Neighbourhood Policing team at South Wales Police, Bridgend Youth Support and Ospreys in the Community.

It reduces anti-social behaviour by engaging young people during the dark Winter evenings in places such as car parks, where groups are known to gather.

Hundreds of young people have taken part in the weekly sessions since they were launched in October.

The sessions are run by qualified coaches who are using rugby to teach essential life skills such as communication, problem solving, decision making and time management with the aim of building self-esteem and encouraging participants to make positive life choices.

Commissioner Alun Michael, said: “Very often we talk about young people as offenders when in fact they are often victims and affected by anti-social behaviour themselves. It is in everybody’s interest to get past this and to engage and help young people.

“I am delighted to be able to fund such a fresh and innovative approach to tackling asb. Sport is an excellent way to work with young people and this partnership packages and presents rugby in a way which makes it accessible and relevant for all, whilst at the same time giving participants the opportunity to develop and individuals.”

 

Pictured left to right: Sergeant Daniel Parry, Bridgend Neighbourhood Policing Team, Commissioner Alun Michael, Deputy Commissioner Emma Wools, Gemma Shore, Youth outreach Worker, Bridgend Youth Support, and Kyle Tucker, Ospreys in the Community.

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