Kepier are extremely proud of the work we carry out with a range of community groups both in the immediate area and further afield, supporting them in any way we can to benefit local communities.
One of these groups is Sunderland North Community Business Centre based in Town End Farm, who for many years have been using our facilities to deliver youth sessions.
Wendy Cook, Youth and Community Manager for SNCBC, said "Sunderland North Community Business Centre deliver Friday night football at Kepier Academy. The aim of the session is to reduce youth anti-social behaviour, encourage young people aged 11-19 years to engage in a positive, safe and structured activity whilst having fun and socialising with their peers.
"The young people are supervised by qualified Sports Coaches and Youth Workers who are also on hand to lead discussion based work-shops which can include information on smoking cessation, healthy lifestyles, sex and relationships, drugs and alcohol etc.
"The sessions have allowed the young people to build friendships and develop their football skills. Those attending come from across the Coalfields area to use the session. Youth anti-social behaviour has reduced within the area on a Friday evening as a result of the sessions, and the sessions can attract up to 100 individuals. The sessions are funded thanks to the Big Lottery Fund - Youth Investment Fund until April 2020.
"We are extremely grateful to Kepier for their support with these sessions, and look forward to many more years of successful partnership working."