The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has visited Redfearns Junior Football Club.

Based in Monk Bretton, Barnsley, Redfearns has received grant funding from the VRU’s Violence Reduction Fund.

This supports young people aged 4-25, providing positive diversionary activities, role models, and mental health support.

The VRU has provided funding for Redfearns to support their junior football programme, supporting young people aged 4-16. This includes coaching sessions, along with football league games, and other social activities.

The Unit visited one of the club’s evening training sessions to see how the programme was progressing.

Allen Hitchen, Redfearns Junior Football Club committee member responsible for grants/sponsorship said: “We are more than grateful to the Violence Reduction Unit for awarding us money which enabled us to replace balls and equipment for all age groups, as well as providing balls and equipment for our three new age groups this season – under 7, under 9, and for the first time an Under 12s girls team.

“The money will also support our winter training costs using the floodlit astroturf to enable all teams to continue coaching sessions through the winter months.”

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “Sporting activities are a fantastic way for young people to stay fit, socialise with friends, and develop positive attitudes and behaviours which stand them in good stead in later life.

“The VRU has funded a number of sporting activities through its Violence Reduction Fund, and I’m pleased that the Unit was able to visit Redfearns to see their training session and meet some of the young people who play for them.”

Read about the grant funding the VRU has provided to Redfearns here.