A fundraiser to help provide activities for youngsters in Burngreave throughout the summer holidays has raised over £800.
Saturday’s #SportOverStreets event was organised by community mentors from Big Brother Burngreave, an initiative that uses older teenage boys as mentors for their peers and younger people in the community. Sixteen five-a-side teams from Burngreave and neighbouring communities came together, with entertainment and a barbecue as part of the day.
The money raised will help provide football and basketball sessions during the holidays at Verdon Recreation Centre, helping to keep youngsters off the streets and away from gangs. Money will also provide further training for young people to become future community mentors and role models of their younger peers.
The day was funded through Active Burngreave, a Yorkshire Sport Foundation and Comic Relief initiative to encourage more people to take part in weekly physical activity in the community.
It also uses sport and physical activity as a hook to address social outcomes such as anti-social behaviour, unemployment or community cohesion, as identified by the people in that area.
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Safiya Saeed, Community Coordinator for Active Burngreave, said: “Big Brother Burngreave is about empowering young people to have a voice and make positive decisions about their future.
“It is about raising aspirations and creating role models for the youth of Sheffield. Many youths lack male role models and safe spaces in their communities. The champions have worked hard to gain qualifications and experience so they can lead their own sessions designed by young people, for young people.
“They have made such progress over the last two years and money raised today will mean they can continue to support more young people across Sheffield.”
“Big Brother Burngreave is a fantastic example of where members of the community have shown they have the solutions and the skills to address issues locally,” added Kathryn Mudge, Development Manager at Yorkshire Sport Foundation.
“Active Burngreave has provided mentoring and support to a small group of young men, who initially started mentoring a group of six young people. That group has risen to over 70 young men accessing weekly sessions, with 16 of those taking sports leadership qualifications.
“This event has been a huge success, showing the positive contribution young people make to their community, and how they are working together to challenge negative stereotypes. We are exceptionally proud of the community mentors and volunteers, and are excited to see how they will continue to grow.”
Abdul Malik Onasanya, Tesfun Awoke and Sahal Barre, organisers of the event, would like to thank following volunteers and organisations who gave up their time to support the event and supported with fundraising; Aspiring Communities Together, Pittsmoor Adventure Playground, Shirli Edward and Chris Tandy.