Recruits with talent sought to join urban sports event

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YOUNGSTERS are being encouraged to take part in an urban street sports event due to be held on Friday.

Organised by the emergency services and Department of Education and Children youth workers, it will be taking place in the car park of the National Sports Centre, Douglas, next to the athletics track.

It will consist of a number of challenges, including some unique and exciting activities provided by the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire service station officer Nigel Fraser said: ‘We will be using our aerial ladder platform as part of one challenge and water pumps to form water spray curtains as part of another.

‘We will also have a vehicle on display that was involved in a fatal crash to promote safer driving and explain the true effects of a serious road collision,’ he added.

Youth worker Jackie Fisher said: ‘The latest urban street sports event is action packed with new challenges set to test your ball control and bike riding skills and thanks to our main sponsor of the event, HSBC, we have a good selection of prizes to give away.’

She added: ‘An element of this event is to enhance the relationships between young people, youth workers and the emergency services and to provide some informal education in relation to issues young people face on the streets.’

Young people aged 11 and over are invited to turn up on the night.

The event will run from 7pm until 10pm and it’s free to take part.

For further information, call the Youth Office on 686057.

The event organisers thanked HSBC for providing prizes, along with Manx Sport and Recreation for use of the NSC car park and Living Hope Community Church for use of their Youth Bus.

Previous urban street sports events have seen free-running inside the old prison at Victoria Road, a league challenge at Park Road School and muddy football at Pulrose Youth Centre.

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