A group which aims to keep young people ‘off the streets’ by getting them involved in Street Games, has been nominated for a prestigious prize.

Active Connections has been shortlisted by The National UK StreetGames Charity for ‘Project of the Year’ in its national awards.

Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl, the project’s main financial backer said,

“These awards reflect nominations from all over the UK. To be shortlisted is an achievement in itself and recognition of the tremendous work taking place.

“Supporting and providing young people with opportunities is crucial to encouraging community spirit. Projects like this have an important role to play in reducing crime and making our neighbourhoods safer.”

Game Plan Gloucester is run by Active Connections in Barton Street and is an offshoot of StreetGames, a sports charity that aims to change lives and benefit communities by providing sports and volunteering opportunities to young people in disadvantaged parts of the country. Game Plan Gloucester is the project name for multiple sports sessions now taking place across the city every evening Monday to Friday.

Active Connections Managing Director Mike Squire said,

“We are aware of the other projects on the short list from Swindon Borough Council and Newport County Council. Compared to these, which have budgets 10 times the size of ours, we are a small organisation so we are delighted to be in their company.

“We have to be realistic about our chances but to be shortlisted is a great achievement and one we want to share with funders.”