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Council backs new sport provision for youngsters

Thursday, 9th December 2010.

A new programme of sport, helth and fitness for young people in Haverhill has been given a grant of 7,000 by Haverhill Town Council.

Abbeycroft Leisure, which runs the Haverhill and Bury Leisure Centres, put forward a programme of youth activity which, it said, would make sure it continued to run and benefit young people in the town despite the pressure from government funding cuts.

Abbeycroft put forward a programme of four elements - multisport sessions on Saturday mornings for youngsters aged 5-24 with additional needs whether through disability or for social reasons, a five-week Fit4You project in primary schools, after school sport club to continue the work of Sport Unlimited which will cease on March 31 due to the axing of Sport England, and the Suffolk Youth Games.

The total cost of the project is 10,000 a year for two years.

Cllr Margaret Marks told fellow members at Tuesday's full council meeting that she considered this a vital provision.

"I came onto this council because I don't believe there is enough going on in this town for children and I totally support this," she said.

Cllr Maureen Byrne said: "Any investment in young people, especially those with disabilities, is a must."

She proposed a grant of 5,000 on top of 2,000 already earmarked by the council towards the Suffolk Youth Games.

But she urged Abbeycroft to encourage more young people to take part in the Games, which are held in Bury St Edmunds.

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