League is a big youth hit

Pendle Youth League.
Pendle Youth League.
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COLNE Classics and Nelson All Stars have been crowned champions of the Pendle Youth Football League.

endle Leisure Trust’s Sports Development Team has been working closely with the Young People’s Service through funding from Pendle Borough Council to deliver the Friday night football frenzy.

The league works on improving cohesion and reducing anti-social behaviour in the local community.

It attracts more than 130 young people, aged between 11 and 17, from all across Pendle for two hours on Friday evenings.

There are 16 teams in total, split into juniors and seniors, who play at Pendle Leisure Centre’s Astroturf.

Adrian Lamb, the Trust’s project co-coordinator, said: “The league is now in its sixth year and it is thanks to a team effort that it has gone from strength to strength.

“Pendle Leisure Trust, the Young People’s Service and Pendle Partnership’s Community Safety Partnership have brought young people together from all parts of the borough to make this scheme such a success.”

Volunteers with the Trust’s Sports Development Team also help to set-up and referee all the games.

The teams – which mostly come from Pendle youth clubs - have been playing for the last 10 weeks, but any groups or young footballers are welcome to join in. The next Youth League starts this month.

If you would like to get involved, call the Sports Development Team on (01282) 661225.