Leicester Riders are part of a brand new project aimed at encouraging and developing youths in the city.
The basketball team is working with Leicestershire Police to help make a difference to the community via a new programme targeted at youth.
The aim of the Shoot 2 the Future project is to support youth development in the community by means of basketball via a number of training programs and opportunity days. This will encourage today’s youth in the community to refocus, assisting them in developing their skills and talent.
Sergeant Helen Nurse from Leicestershire Police said: “I am really excited about the Shoot 2 the Future Project and working in Partnership with the Riders. The Project is aimed at 14 to 21-year-olds to take part in a 39 week programme of basketball coaching, and we hope will act as a positive activity that young people can get involved in.”
The proposal is to use twilight basketball coaching to combat anti-social behaviour,
to allow teenagers to engage in a sport and to allow the coaches of Leicester Riders to encourage and develop natural talent. There will also be respite days where young carers can have a break from their responsibilities and enjoy a day with a coach and potentially members of the team, followed by an invite to a Rider’s game in the second half of the day. This would allow them to enjoy a day with a difference.
General manager of Leicester Riders, Russell Levenston said: “This is a really excellent project and the Riders are delighted to be involved. Our players really feel they can make a difference and we are looking forward to working with colleagues at Leicestershire Police to tackle this important work.”
Project manager Greg Griffiths said: “I’m privileged to be working with the group on this initiative that can improve social lives in young people. I have a strong vision for young people and helping them reach full potential in their lives. As a result I am pleased to announce I will commit myself to the project and its sustainability.”
A steering group has been set up with representatives from Leicester Riders, Leicestershire Police, Crimestoppers and young people of Leicester.