Students enjoy fun activities at Gosport Summer Passport scheme

Children enjoying activities organised by the Gosport Summer Passport scheme
Children enjoying activities organised by the Gosport Summer Passport scheme
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Gosport Summer Passport scheme, which enables secondary school students to take part in activities throughout the holidays, has celebrated a successful summer.

The scheme, organised by the Gosport Community Safety Partnership ran for the first three weeks of the school holidays.

The first day alone saw nearly 200 young people take part in fun activities such as zorbing, laserquest and Total Wipeout challenges.

The following days saw teenagers creating music, playing human table football and socialising in a Chill Out Zone.

Sam Mitchell, the community engagement and projects officer with the community safety team, said the scheme won great feedback from young people and parents.

She said: ‘Lots of the children said they had an amazing time.

‘They were happy they got to do things they never would have been able to do before, such as sailing and having their first driving lesson.’

The scheme was created nine years ago to help keep children off the streets throughout the summer holidays.

It has been funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes for the past nine years.

He said: ‘I am pleased to contribute funding towards Gosport Summer Passport Scheme, which Gosport Community Safety Partnership and Gosport Borough Council have organised for a number of years.

‘It enables young people to have fun in a safe and structured environment during the summer holidays.’

Many individual volunteers helped out during the three weeks, as well as local clubs such as the Lee-on-the-Solent Sailing Club and Gosport Cricket Club.

Councillor John Beavis, the chairman of the Community Safety Partnership said: ‘Organisations working in partnership has been the key to ensuring Gosport Summer Passport continues to build on its successes each year, resulting in the most successful year to date.’

The scheme was free for students attending secondary schools in Gosport and Fareham. Teenagers living in the area were also welcomed.