The Hubb received a visit from Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Paul Blomfield MP on Friday, 29 October.
The visit was arranged as an opportunity for The Hubb to explain how the £19,992 funding from the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Fund will provide a variety of programmes for young people.
Hadeel Mohammed explained how the youth club project would provide activities for young people in a range of settings. The young people will be engaging in activities such as swimming, horse riding, martial arts and archery. There will also be social trips and days out.
The Hubb Centre will also host a wide range of guest speakers where sessions will be delivered on gun and knife crime, the devastation caused by drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.
Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: “We know that if young people have nothing positive to do in the evenings and at weekends, and spend time on the streets, they can become vulnerable to those who want to exploit them for criminal purposes.
“I am determined that as well as having tough enforcement against the gangs by the police, we also encourage groups such as The Hubb to show young people a better way.
“I look forward to seeing what The Hubb can achieve as it supports young people in Sharrow and Nether Edge and beyond.”
The Hubb is located on Abbeydale Road in Sheffield in the constituency of Paul Blomfield MP. He said: “I was delighted by the funding given to The Hubb and pleased to join the Commissioner in visiting the project.
“Community-led initiatives like this play a vital role in engaging with young people who might otherwise be drawn into the gangs responsible for much of the knife and gun crime we’ve seen.”
Hadeel explained to the visitors how some of the sports sessions that will be focused on will create an emotional ancestral connection and how they are often referred to as ‘Prophetic’ or even ‘The Lost Sports’ as they have been forgotten by large portions of the community.
He said: “I believe we should have hubs of positive activity within each community so that young people can channel their energy into being positive contributors towards their communities.”
If you would like more information on The Hubb, please see their website – https://thehubb.org.uk/