POLICE and Youth Service workers are considering repeating the Urban Street Sport event held at the former prison in Douglas after it was hailed a huge success by all involved.
More than 150 young people attended and enjoyed the soccer skills competitions plus a free running demonstration.
It was staged in the exercise yard of the former prison at Victoria Road, Douglas, and concluded around 10pm.
Organisers were St Ninian's sixth form student Joe Brownless along with detached youth worker Jackie Fisher and Sergeant Ged Power of Douglas Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Sergeant Power said, “It was like something out of ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’. There was a sizeable queue when the old prison gates opened at 7.30pm - the young people didn’t know what to expect and neither did I, but Joe Brownless acted as the MC and event organiser and, with a bit of background music, there was a real sense of excitement in the air and I’m sure no-one was disappointed.
“I think a similar event in the future should be held as football will be on everyone’s mind this summer with the World Cup taking place. And it’s just another way we can get young people involved in rewarding activities. We have already reviewed the event and identified how it could be improved”.
Jackie Fisher said, “Football was a key part of the evening and many thanks to Joe Brownless for his efforts. The Free Runners attracted a lot of attention and since the event they have had numerous enquiries from young people who wish to become involved in the local gymnastic club where they train. It was an exciting venue to use, unique and self contained.
“The event strengthened relationships with young people and the local police and demonstrated how Government agencies can work together with very limited resources and achieve a meaningful result”.
Jackie Fisher thanked various companies for providing sponsorship, prizes and equipment for Friday's event, including Sure Mobile, Star Grill, Cuplas Callow, Coca-Cola and Tel's Skips, Esquires, Treds, Island Exhaust Systems and Marianne McCourt Photography. Also a special thank you to the prison Governor Alison Gomme, and to the Isle of Man's Civil Defence for providing lighting for the event.