Waterlees new activities

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TEENAGERS in Wisbech’s Waterlees ward can look forward to having three new activities starting in September.

Thanks to £6,000 funding through Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, a new Scout group, karate and street dance classes will be running in the ward.

Aimed at teenagers aged between 12 and 18, the classes will also be used as a scheme to reward good behaviour and improvement.

Cllr Sam Hoy, who has been behind the funding bid, explained the funding allowed them to allocate five free places for each of the activities, working in conjunction with local secondary schools.

The free places will be given to those students who show the most improvement, whether that be reducing truancy drastically or putting more effort into school work.

The students would receive free sessions for six months, then a further 15 pupils would be chosen, meaning 30 young people will be rewarded for putting in extra effort over the year.

For those who will need to pay, costs will be kept low as the organisers have taken into account the deprived status of Waterlees.

Cllr Hoy said: “I think it’s going to be a really great project. There are always people who are going to criticise, but at the end of the day, the first year is a bit of a trial.”

If this pilot is a success, it could be rolled out to other wards and areas in the future.

Cambs Fire are hoping that the scheme will help to lower the cases of arson in Waterlees, a common issue in socially deprived areas.