Grant will pay for more sports gear

A sports club will be able to bag itself some new balls after a grant from a community group.

The Barracks Tenants’ and Residents’ Association has donated £100 towards helping the sessions at the Barracks Field.

They are run by PC Alison Dennis, of the Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood police team (NPT).

Every third Sunday in the month, NPT officers get together with a group of youngsters to enjoy rounders, football, tag-rugby and many other sports.

The project was set up in April 2013 to help give children and teenagers something positive to do.

PC Dennis said: “I am very grateful to the Barracks residents for supporting this project but it is not a short-term fix.

“I hope in the long term it will improve the relationship between older and younger residents, strengthen our existing police links and reduce anti-social behaviour.”

The money will be used to buy new equipment.

Colin Hardwicke, secretary of the Barracks Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “We felt that donating this money was our way of engaging with young people and supporting the efforts of the police. We put on different events like jumble sales to raise the money.”

The next session will take place on the Barracks Field, on Wakefield Road, from 10am until noon on Sunday, February 9.

For more information call the NPT on 101.