The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit has visited a Youth Association self-defence session held in Worsbrough.

The sessions, which take place each Tuesday at The Lew Whitehead Community Centre, bring together local young people to learn self-defence skills.

The evening is split into two, with an hour-long mixed-gender class followed by an hour-long female-only group.

During the session, the VRU observed the young people learning how to defend themselves against attacks both with a weapon and without, before chatting to youth workers and young people about their experiences of the group.

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “Organisations such as the Youth Association play an important role in engaging with and supporting young people, with youth groups like this one in Worsbrough providing a safe space for them to meet with their peers and learn new skills.

“This has become even more important after the loneliness and isolation many have experienced over the last two years during the pandemic, and I’m pleased that the VRU has been able to support the Youth Association in this work.”