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During the February half term 2017, Active Dorset organised multi-activity sports sessions as part of the Pro Active Communities programme in West Howe, Bourne Valley and Turlin Moor. Each area had two activities running in the afternoon and these were; Rugby, Y-ball, Football, Taekwondo, Handball and Football.

The event was advertised 2 weeks before it started to a number of partners which included the local council outreach, community teams, housing associations and even Tesco Extra who provided daily food and water to all deprived areas involved in the project.

The data that was recorded during the week showed that Pro Active Communities attracted 457 attendances in 30 sessions with Turlin Moor being the most popular area with 258 in the whole week. This result was completely unexpected as we increased our numbers by 128 from October to February by changing the times of the event, different activities and including indoor facilities.

Community figures such as Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) were invited to attend the sessions. "It was amazing that Bourne Valley got to be part of such a good event" said local Bourn Valley PCSO, Vicki Palmer. "It is exactly what the kids needed and it was a joy to see them enjoy it so much".

The CSP chose deliverers who understood the importance of the project to the local community. "I grew up on a council estate just like West Howe and I understand that these people have limited opportunities" said Stuart Gallagher, Rippa Rugby. "October and February projects have given the local people a chance to try something different and the CSP should be proud".

Immediately after February half-term, several young people have become members at existing clubs but the proof of demand has also led to some of the half-term deliverers setting up new regular club sessions in Dorset's most deprived wards.

Gaby Rowsell

Active Dorset

Bournemouth Learning Centre
Slades Farm
Ensbury Avenue
BH10 4HG
01202 458889

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