A Suffolk project which gets young people into sport has been recognized for their incredible work after reaching the milestone of 20,000 attendances.

Catch22 Suffolk Positive Futures first started delivering Doorstep Sports Clubs in 2013, and, in partnership with the Suffolk County Council led Most Active County Partnership, has provided thousands of young people in Suffolk with the chance to play and get active through their Doorstep Sports events – a model developed by the national charity StreetGames.

Now StreetGames has awarded the club a certificate of excellence in recognition of their ‘incredible’ track record providing sport and social activities for young people in Suffolk.

Based around the approach of ‘right time, right place, right price and in the right style’, Doorstep Sport clubs encourage participants to take part in social activities alongside the sports programme.

It’s an approach which Catch22 Suffolk Positive Futures has exemplified, with 20,000 attendances in just 6 years.

Mark Lawrie, Deputy CEO of StreetGames, said “Catch22 Suffolk Positive Futures provide a great space for the children and young people of Suffolk to enjoy sport and activity, and we’re incredibly proud to support them in these efforts. The work that Paul and the team are doing to support their local community is brilliant and deserves to be celebrated.

That’s why StreetGames are so delighted to be able to present them with this certificate in recognition of everything that they are doing to help young people live safer, healthier, more successful lives.”

Cllr James Reeder, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention at Suffolk County Council said “To achieve 20,000 attendances is a fantastic outcome and well worth celebrating. When we set out on this journey with Catch22 Suffolk Positive Futures our motivation was to provide more opportunities for local young people to be more active in areas where opportunities are less plentiful.

There is little doubt that, in that time, these sessions have had a really positive impact on both the young people that attend them and the local communities in which they’re based. I hope they continue operating long into the future.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore said “I am very pleased to see Suffolk Positive Futures recognised for the fantastic work they do – particularly through this Doorstep Sport programme. Huge congratulations to everyone involved.

“I’ve seen first-hand the very positive impact that Suffolk Positive Futures has on young people across the county, many of whom have not had the best start in life, and I am a great supporter of all they do. 

“I am delighted to financially support Positive Futures through my Crime and Disorder Reduction Grant fund. I truly believe that using sport to show young people how to make positive life choices will help them become good citizens and develop leadership qualities that will help them to become more confident and principled adults.”

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