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28 July 2014, 08:06
A project aimed at keeping young people out of trouble during the summer holidays is getting underway in Hampshire.
Access All Areas gives 11-17-year-olds the chance to try things like quad biking, scuba diving, DJ-ing and even driving lessons.
Hampshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Simon Hayes has backed the scheme, saying last year it led to a 10% drop in anti-social behaviour in the area.
Police, Fire, youth services and many other local groups and partners are involved and each day there will be a barbecue, assault courses, laser quest games, henna tattoos, a pamper tent with hair chalking, braiding, nail painting and cake decorating.
Along with these there will be a variety of different activities at different locations like tchouk ball, BMX and skate jamming, t-shirt painting, rugby, boxing, face/body painting, clay pigeon shooting, sailing and a climbing wall.
Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes said:
"Young people list boredom, peer pressure, anger and frustration as reasons why they're tempted to offend. Projects like this are good because they divert people away from those temptations.
"We know it works because last year when this project was run we saw a 10% reduction in anti-social behaviour across our communities."
The list of dates and locations is as follows:
Monday 28th July - Cams Alders, Fareham
Tuesday 29th July - Locks Heath Centre
Wednesday 30th - Titchfield Rec (Opp Mill Pub, off Mill Lane)
Thursday 31st July - Hoe Road Rec, Bishops Waltham
Friday 1st August - Stratton Bates Rec, Grange Road, Alresford
Monday 4th August - Porchester Rec, off Castle Street
Tuesday 5th August - Salterns, Hill Head
Wednesday 6th August - Henry Cort (around the Community Centre)
Thursday 7th August - King George V Rec, Denmead
Friday 8th August - Winchester City - Riverside, North Walls
Monday 11th August - Stubbington Rec, off Bells Lane
Tuesday 12th August - Locks Heath Football Club (bottom of Hunts Pond Road, access via Warsash Road)
Wednesday 13th August - Finale event on Meadowside, Whiteley
All the events are from 11-3pm other than the finale at Whiteley - 5pm-9pm with a festival feel - named Westival as it's in the Western Wards.