Summer Fun in Stockwell a success
Published by N Dorrington for The Hyde Group in Housing and also in Communities
There was an excellent turnout of the local community this week (Tuesday 6 August 2013) at Hyde’s Rhodesia Road Ball Pitch on the Grantham Road Estate in Stockwell for the ’Summer Fun in Stockwell’ Residents’ Fun Day.
Hyde Southbank Homes’ ASB Officer, Beverley Kirlew and Tracy Dada, Resident Engagement Officer, worked in partnership with Lambeth (Community Safety Team), the Metropolitan Police, the Grantham Road Residents’ Association and London Lions Professional Basketball to create a day which saw over 125 people enjoy a variety of activities in the summer sun.
The highlight of the afternoon was the presence of the capital’s professional basketball team, the London Lions, who gave young people a free opportunity to improve their skills. In addition to game play and 3-on-3, hoop games, drills, coaching and Meet the Players there was music, a barbeque, face painting and games along with giveaways. There was also information for local residents from Hyde and the Police.
Bill Sainsbury, Chair of the Grantham Road Residents’ Association and Jayne Sainsbury, Chair of the Resident Assurance Committee (RAC) for Hyde Southbank Homes, said:
“We were delighted to be asked to help arrange and donate to this event and were even more pleased that so many people came along and participated.
“The London Lions were total stars and children of all ages, from our tiniest to our growing giants, were given a real taste of what getting together as a community can achieve. We hope that this will be the start of more such days and involvement for us all.”
“We’re very pleased that following the success of yesterday’s event, the Lions will be working with Hyde’s social and economic regeneration arm, Hyde Plus, to assist with the development of activities for our young people on a regular basis,” said Shaun Holdcroft, Hyde’s London Region Director.
The event followed the shooting incident that happened in the area a few months ago. There have been no further incidents, however Hyde is committed to working with partners to make a lasting difference to the communities in which we operate.
Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Neighbourhoods, added: “The basketball session was great fun, and a good opportunity to pick up some tips from the London Lions’ players. Our community safety team helped put the event together because we want young people in the borough to have as many chances as possible to enjoy sport, get to know their neighbours better and build community spirit.”
A/Chief Inspector Jon Hubbard from Neighbourhoods Policing Team concluded: “This event is the culmination of a great deal of partnership work by the community, Council, Hyde, the London Lions and Lambeth Police following a shooting incident in April.
“The effort gives local people a sense of regaining control over their facilities - to be used by young people living in the community, in the right way free from the fear of crime.”