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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Youngsters taught Martial Arts to stop anti-social behaviour

YOUNGSTERS in Pendle are being offered the chance to hone self-defence skills in a bid to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

As part of the scheme, children aged eight to 15-years-old can sign up to the free martial arts summer school, where they will be taught an introduction to the ancient Japanese art of ju-jitsu.

The classes will take place at Pendle Martial Arts Academy, in Colne Road, Brierfield, but the project is the brainchild of police community support officer (PCSO) Catherine Horner, who said a similar incentive in a neighbouring area has led to a reduction in anti-social behaviour.

Students who sign up to the course will receive a uniform, insurance to the club for a year and on completion will be graded to red belt status.

The course is due to be run on a Tuesday afternoon throughout the summer holidays at the club.

PCSO Horner said: “This is now the second year we have run this type of event, last year we saw a very positive outcome with a reduction of anti social behaviour on the Queensgate area and it was great getting to know the children.”

“There are still several students at the club who attended the scheme last year and they are all making good progress.”

The course has a very limited number of places on the course. Those wishing to apply must be between the ages of eight and 15 and live in the local area.

For an application pack contact PCSO Horner on 07961065419. If there is no answer then leave a message with contact details.

Pendle Martial Arts Academy trains six days a week in many different types of martial arts. For more information contact them on 01282 690216.

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