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Leicester giving young people safe spaces to play

3 Jun 2019

Hamza Choudhury sees how the LCFC Community Trust is helping kids steer clear of knife crime in the city

Leicester City are encouraging young people to stay clear of knife crime and anti-social behaviour with the launch of the "Youth Power" programme.

The scheme, delivered by LCFC Community Trust, Leicester City Council and De Montfort University, has utilised Premier League funding to save four youth centres earmarked for closure in the city.

The venues provide a safe place for young people to socialise as well as giving them a chance to get involved in positive activities, such as cooking, playing sport and taking part in workshops.

"It's great to see the positive impact this programme is having on young people in the city," said Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury, who went along to the Kingfisher Youth Centre to see the programme in action.

"I'm fortunate that I had football to keep me occupied when I was younger. Anything that helps to keep young people off the streets and away from a life of crime can only be a good thing."

The Youth Power programme is set to reach around 800 young people a year and will include funding from the club for new youth worker posts to provide eight extra youth club sessions each week.

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