Gosport Summer Passport project returns

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YOUNGSTERS can once again enjoy a free activity scheme this summer.

The Gosport Summer Passport project is back for the seventh year running and lots more activities have been added to the daily sessions.

These range from new arts and crafts to kayaking lessons held throughout Gosport and surrounding areas.

The Gosport Summer Passport scheme, for youngsters born between September 1, 1997 and August 31, 2002, is run by a number of organisations.

It is funded mostly by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, but support also comes from Gosport Borough Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue and local community groups.

Sam Mitchell, a community engagement officer at Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘We are really looking forward to this year’s Passport scheme and we have got lots of new activities as well as some favourites from previous years.

‘Some of the new activities include wind-surfing, kayaking, paddle-board lessons, Tesco are providing cooking lessons and we also have a photo booth on the last day.

‘But as well as all the new stuff, we have some old favourites like the inflatables, the sailing sessions and the driving lessons.’

The Gosport Summer Passport Scheme was set up to tackle anti-social behaviour.

It encourages young people to spend their spare time trying new skills and finding new hobbies.

Sam added: ‘The Passport scheme has been really successful in the past and it offers lots of activities for different age groups.

‘It was first set up to help discourage anti-social behaviour and it’s a great scheme with all the agencies volunteering and working together.

The three-week scheme starts on July 29 with the first day at Walpole Park from midday till 4pm.

Activities include inflatable basketball, laser quest, falconry and a barbecue.

The final day, which includes a photo booth and a DJ, is on August 14, at Fort Brockhurst.

All the activities are free but registration is £1 and comes on a first-come, first serve basis.

Visitors can pre-register or can register on the day of their first activity.

To pre-register or for more information on times, dates, and activities visit safergosport.co.uk and click on Summer Passport.