"‘I’m still buzzing from today – please thank Mike for setting this up. He is doing an amazing job with those kids’ (after attending a Rugby for Change session at a PRU with Mike Henderson, one of our Development Coaches)"
Broadwater Farm's 'Street20' delivers a positive and powerful message
Jan 16, 2012
The young people who go to the ‘StreetChance' sessions at Broadwater Farm (coordinated by Perry Sophocleous, C4C Development Coach) experienced a very powerful and positive message at one their early New Year sessions.
At the start of the session (which was also attended by 'StreetChance' supporters, The Barclays Spaces for Sports team, who also brought along special guest that of Mrs Agius, who is the wife of Marcus Agius, Chairman of Barclays) the group were all captivated by a talk given on the dangers of getting involved with drugs from Paul Hannaford.
Paul spoke openly about the bad effects that drugs can have and raised an awareness of the dire consquences that being involved with drugs can lead to. This had a very profound effect on everybody present but most importantly the young people that there were that evening.
Speaking from the heart and through his experiences, it was with the manner and tone in which Paul talked with the young people that made them understand and think deeply about what they were listening to.
The young people asked for a workshop like this and on this topic and boy did they get one. This shows they are really aware of the world around them and the positive and changing influence they are wanting to have on it.
This type of event also shows why ‘Street20’ cricket sessions act as a powerful and effective tool in engaging with young people.
The sessions allow for inspirational people like Paul to be invited along to an environment where the young people feel they can safely ask searching questions and get straight answers that will hopefully stop them from experiencing the curiosity of drugs first hand. This type of interaction gives them the power to say, no, to the damaging effects of drugs.
Also having spoken with some of the group it was clear for Mrs Agius (and the Barlcay’s Spaces for Sports team) to see and recognize how at home and comfortable these young people, from different backgrounds, Boroughs and cultures, are with each other by playing and being involved ‘Street20’ cricket.
By Perry Sophocleous C4C - Development Coach