Free footie sessions for youngsters

Youngsters in Bedlington are being invited to take part in a series of free sporting events on Friday evenings throughout the spring.

Caged football sessions are being offered free and are open to young people of all ages.

They were made possibly thanks to a grant from the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund, supported by Burnside Estate Residents’ Group and East Bedlington Parish Council.

The sessions take place on the following Fridays: March 28, from 6pm to 8pm, at Kings and Queens Estate; April 4, from 6pm to 8pm, at Burnside Estate; April 11, from 6pm to 8pm, at Oval Estate; April 25, from 6pm to 8pm, at Kings and Queens Road; and May 2, from 5pm to 7pm, at Burnside Estate.

A presentation evening will take place on Friday, May 2, from 7.30pm, at East Bedlington Community Centre with refreshments and awards for all who have taken part in the activities.

Sessions held last July and August, which were funded by social housing landlord Bernicia, proved popular.

Neighbourhood Inspector Grant Dawson said: “These sporting events are a great way for youngsters to get together and have fun in their neighbourhood.

“Officers will visit the sessions and are happy to speak to residents about any crime concerns and to offer crime prevention advice.”