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Over 1,000 young people in Hounslow are being offered the chance to take part in free football sessions across the ...
Over 1,000 young people in Hounslow are being offered the chance to take part in free football sessions across the borough this summer.

The programme, run by Brentford Football in the Community Programme (BFITC) in partnership with Hounslow Homes and CIP across 22 council estates in Hounslow, has a dual purpose; to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB), which often increases during the summer holidays, and help improve community spirit.

Ade Odukale, West area manager at Hounslow Homes says: 'The sports programme will tackle ASB by keeping local children occupied and providing them with a fun activity to look forward to. The intensive training will challenge them both physically and mentally and help keep them off the streets in the evenings.'

The programme is further designed to improve community spirit both within individual estates and between estates across the borough. Within the estates, it is hoped this will be achieved by providing a shared interest and focal point for residents. Within the borough as a whole, the end of season tournament provides children and parents from different estates an opportunity to mix with families from different backgrounds and locations.

Lee Doyle, BFITC's manager says: 'We have been working in partnership with Hounslow Homes and CIP for a number of years to deliver a summer estates programme which will set sporting challenges and help build positive relationships between young people. In the long run, our aim is to extend the programme throughout the year and create an estates-based Football League in Hounslow.'

The course is available to boys and girls aged 8-15 years old who have completed an application form in advance by contacting 020 8758 9430. The football sessions will run for four weeks. Each session lasts two hours and will take place once a week from 5-7pm. At the end of the course, participants will have a chance to show off their skills at two tournaments.

Hounslow Homes, in partnership with CIP, will also provide activity sessions for 5-11 year olds at the following six estates across the borough - Ivybridge Estate, Oriel Estate, Brentlea, Clayponds Estate, South Road/Dickenson Road and Heston Farm Estate. The Estate Play Teams will attend a different estate on each day from Monday 26 July to 20 August. The activities include drama, arts and crafts classes and outdoor games.

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