Space programme takes off for the summer holidays

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YOUNG people can choose from hundreds of fun activities to keep boredom at bay as a popular summer scheme is launched.

The Space programme – aimed at 11 to 17-year-olds across Staffordshire – will run throughout the six-week school holidays. Now organisers hope to top last year’s success, which attracted attendance figures of 12,432 and covered a wide range of trips, sporting sessions and creative events.

Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire’s police and crime commissioner, resurrected the scheme two years ago following its initial run in the 1980s and 1990s.

It is funded by the police and delivered through a range of organisations.

Mr Ellis said: “Space is all about giving young people confidence, while having fun and improving their skills and fitness.”

Leek Rugby Club is offering a free summer camp as part of the SPACE initiative over the summer holidays.

The rugby summer camp is for boys and girls currently in year 3 and upwards at school.

The camp will take place at the club’s ground in Chestnut Walk, St Edward’s Park, Cheddleton, on: Monday, July 24, July 31 and August 7; Tuesday, July 25, August 1 and August 8; and Thursday, July 27, August 3 and August 10.

Activities run from 10am to 1pm, with registration between 10am and 10.15am.

Level 1 and 2 Coaching from Leek RUFC and RFU.

Refreshments provided, please come in suitable clothing and footwear for weather conditions, mouth guards compulsory.

For more information, or to book, contact Jane on 07854 230444 or email

More unusual events are set to include ‘glow-in-the-dark’ sports, zorbing, free running and climbing Snowdon. There will also be trips to the Roaches and Drayton Manor Park.

Each district is offering something different, with many activities free and others available at discount rates. Some sessions are targeted at particular groups.

Activities across the county include Tunstall and Cobridge parks, the YMCA, Port Vale football academy and Impact Boxing in Fenton. People can also get creative at Hanley’s Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, with activities such as how to make ‘wearable art’.

There will be plenty to do in Newcastle too, ranging from swimming to street dance. And at the New Vic Theatre, in Basford, young people can create a play in a week, attend a film club and discover more about lighting design.

Biddulph Youth and Community Zone is hosting some of the Moorlands activities, which range from a ‘design a T-shirt’ challenge to indoor curling and rugby. Youth development officer Ian Atherton, from Staffordshire Clubs for Young People (SCYP), is coordinating a number of Space activities.

He said: “It’s an ideal opportunity for young people to have some fun and do something positive.”

For details of activities in each area, visit

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