Pompey’s Respect programme wins national praise

REWARDED Julian Wadsworth.  Picture: Steve Reid (100021-43)
REWARDED Julian Wadsworth. Picture: Steve Reid (100021-43)
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POMPEY’S ‘Respect’ programme is on a high after winning two awards and being shortlisted for a national gong.

The scheme – which encourages social, emotional and physical development in young people through sport – won two awards at the Catch22 Positive Futures awards ceremony at Battersea Arts Centre in London.

It was awarded the National Oustanding Project of the Year award for its efforts in the city, seeing off competition from 91 other different projects across the country.

Youngster Emily Neal, who attends various sessions in the programme, was overwhelmed to receive the Under 13s Achievement award from pop star Will Young.

Julian Wadsworth, manager of the programme, said: ‘This award is recognition for the efforts of the whole staff team including both casual and volunteers that have supported the project over the last 12 months, but also recognises the high quality of work delivered in the last six years.

‘There are so many case studies of young people who have really benefited from the scheme and we will continue to deliver high quality provision to young people in the city.’

The Respect programme has also been shortlisted for the national P&G UK Impact Award.

Lord Seb Coe will reveal who wins the award at a ceremony in London on Wednesday.

It was chosen along with five other projects across the country for the work it does in reducing crime among young people in the city.

Mr Wadsworth added: ‘The P&G Award recognises the organisations in Britain that use sport to do work with young people in the communities.

‘We want to work with a lot more young people and most importantly we want to keep up the high quality of work we do.

‘We would like to see this as a stepping stone to develop services in other parts of the city where there might be a lack of, or limited, provisions for young people.’