Cardiff City FC Community Foundation welcomed young people from across the city to Cardiff International Sports Campus and Cardiff City Stadium as we tackled anti-social behaviour on Bonfire Night. 

 

Now in its fourth year, the Foundation's Bonfire Night initiative provided young people from Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown a safe environment to get together to be active and become street smart. Over 50 young people enjoyed a football tournament, socialising with friends over a bite to eat and a game of Fifa, whilst also learning about the dangers of knife crime and the consequences that can follow through a workshop delivered by Street Doctors. 

Cardiff City FC Community Foundation’s partnership with South Wales Police helps us to break down barriers between young people and their Neighbourhood Police Teams, whilst also lowering the levels of anti-social behaviour across the city.

 

Hamdi, a participant on the Foundation's Kicks programme in Grange Gardens, said:

I'd probably just be roaming the streets and messing around with fireworks tonight if I wasn't at the Foundation's Bonfire Night event. Coming here tonight has kept me off the streets and possibly stopped me from getting in trouble with the police.

There's a lot of trouble in my area on Bonfire Night, there have been arrests made over the past few years and I know a few of my friends who have spent nights in a police station, so coming to this event has been a good opportunity and has kept me occupied.

 

Over 100 young people took part in the Foundation’s initiative in 2016, contributing to a year on year 60% reduction in anti-social behaviour in Butetown, with the Foundation’s Premier League Kicks sessions also contributing to a 26% decrease in anti-social behaviour in Grangetown in 2017.

 

This event is part of the Foundation’s Premier League Kicks programme which uses the appeal of Cardiff City FC to support young people through football and personal development in high-need areas across South Wales.