Group learn to sail as part of programme to keep them off streets

LIFE ON AN OCEAN WAVE Main picture, Cherrish Musson, 16, Jake Cooper, 15, and Paddy Valery, 15. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132397-3)
LIFE ON AN OCEAN WAVE Main picture, Cherrish Musson, 16, Jake Cooper, 15, and Paddy Valery, 15. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132397-3)
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YOUNGSTERS went out on the water as part of a project that aims to help people stay away from crime.

Your Street kicked off earlier this year and has been helping young people stay away from crime.

One of its latest ideas was to send a group of youngsters on a sailing course at the Portsmouth Watersports Centre.

Six young people were chosen by the Your Street programme and embarked on a four-day sailing course where they worked as a team to sail around Langstone Harbour.

Working in two teams of three, the groups learnt all the basic techniques for sailing and by the final day of the course said they had learned a lot.

Julian Wadsworth, Respect manager for Pompey in the Community, said: ‘With the Your Street programme, we are always trying to think of ways to stop young people getting involved in drugs, alcohol and crime.

‘We got the offer from Parkwood Leisure Centre to bring a group here and try sailing for free.

‘It has been a great opportunity for them and it is the first time any of them have done anything like this.

‘Hopefully it will encourage them to carry on with the sport, get qualifications and inspire others to try new things.

‘The sailing has been good though because it’s about teamwork and communication which are important skills to have in life.’

One of the young people doing the sailing course was 19-year-old Callum James.

He recently served nine months in prison but is determined to turn his life around.

He said: ‘I owe a lot to Julian and the Respect programme.

‘He gave me a chance and I have enjoyed working with him and the kids.

‘Sailing has been great and I actually enjoyed myself.’

The Your Street programme is funded and backed by the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Hayes.