Children in Fareham and Gosport offered scuba diving or rock climbing – for just £1

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YOUNGSTERS can go rock climbing and scuba diving in a project designed to keep kids off the streets and having fun.

And this year for the first time, young people in Fareham as well as Gosport are invited to join in.

The Summer Passport scheme has been running in Gosport for five years.

Organised by the Gosport Community Safety Partnership, the event runs for three weeks and offers different activities every day.

The scheme aims to provide things for young people to do during the summer holidays to deter anti-social behaviour.

Councillor John Beavis, the chairman of the Gosport Community Safety Partnership, said: ‘Gosport Community Safety Partnership has continued to deliver significant reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour across Gosport.

‘Such has been its success, the 2012 scheme is to be run in partnership with Fareham Community Safety Partnership.

‘By working together, we are making savings for both councils by pooling resources and also providing the opportunity for many more young people to have an enjoyable and safe summer holiday.’

The scheme, which runs from August 13 to August 30, will end with a club night at Fareham Town Football Club, in Palmerston Drive.

Throughout the three weeks youngsters can take part in dozens of activities from archery to basketball and bike maintenance.

There will also be a chance to play computer games against police officers, try out some Olympic sports or take part in a laser quest challenge.

Anyone who wants to take part must be 11 to 17 years old and born before September 1, 2000.

They must either go to secondary school or live in the two towns.

Children can pre-register for the events or turn up on the day.

Early registration costs £1, while doing it on the day costs £2 and there is a risk of long queues.

The scuba diving event requires an extra medical form to be downloaded from the internet and completed.

For more details and a full list of the activities on offer visit safergosport.co.uk or saferfareham.co.uk

For more information call (023) 9254 5690.