Payback scheme will help soccer club

From left; Stowmarket SNT police, Mid Suffolk District Council and local businesses have teamed up to offer young offenders unpaid work placements as part of a community pay back scheme. All the work will focus around the football club.
From left; Stowmarket SNT police, Mid Suffolk District Council and local businesses have teamed up to offer young offenders unpaid work placements as part of a community pay back scheme. All the work will focus around the football club.
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A COMMUNITY Payback scheme which will see young offenders help with the upkeep of a sports ground has been launched in Stowmarket.

Following arrangements between the probation service, police and Stowmarket Town Football Club, youth involved in the scheme will incorporate an outside training area at the Greens Meadow Ground, in Bury Road, as well as redecorate its clubhouse and changing rooms.

David Blackburn, clerk to Stowmarket Town Council, which will be assisting with site clearance after the work, said: “The Community Payback scheme is an excellent way of enabling people to put something back into their community.”

The initiative, started by PCSO David Harvey of the Stowmarket Safer Neighbourhood Team, has been given a boost through donations of materials from local businesses.

Norbert-Dentresssangle, on behalf of Akzo Nobel, has agreed to support the project by supplying the necessary paint products, while Buildbase will supply aggregates to improve wheelchair access facilities and Kevington the bricks and blocks to rebuild exit points around the ground.

Paul Bridges, transport manager at Norbert Dentressangle, said: “We’ve been running the contract for Akzo Nobel (formerly ICI Paints) for 16 years under different names. Within this time we’ve always challenged ourselves to be more involved and considerate of our immediate community and environment in which we exist and operate. We look forward to assisting and working with the project over the coming months.”

Stowmarket Town Football Club currently has one of the largest youth team sections in Suffolk, with more than 200 youngsters signed up to teams.