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- 25 August 2015 00:00
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Young people in attendance at the StreetGames Copperbox Festival experienced an event like no other with a StreetGames mash up of activities including Zorb football, urban boxing, indoor canoeing and wheelchair basketball to name but an few.
The event showed the demand for the right sporting offer for young people in disadvantaged communities. Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP visited the festival and talked to the young people about their doorstep sport experience, along with launching the consultation on the new Government sport strategy.
The young people had an amazing time, here’s want some of them had to say.
'The trip was great! The best thing was being able to try sports I'd never played before, like Zorb football and volleyball! Thank you!' Ollie age 14
"It was really fun and exciting, lots of different activities and there was something for everyone, I would definitely recommend it to anyone " Kia age 21
"I had a great time meeting some new people!” Amie age 16
"Thank you so much! And please continue your amazing StreetGames work” Amirah age 18
Events like this give the 680 projects that make up the StreetGames network a great chance to retain the young people they are engaging with week on week and a unique opportunity to take them out of their local area to meet other people and try new sports.
Each year in the UK 1.46 million children do not get a day trip, let alone a holiday. StreetGames is committed to addressing this problem, broadening horizons and giving young people from disadvantaged communities by providing opportunities like the festivals and with continued support StreetGames hope to continue their work for young people for many years to come.