Newport car park becomes sports ground

Newport car park becomes sports ground

Newport Streetscene Caged Football are taking place in every week in Park Square multi-storey car park. Pictured on the ball is Jermaine Taylor 16, being chased down by Rhys Wilmott 15. (6852297)

Newport Streetscene Caged Football are taking place in every week in Park Square multi-storey car park. Pictured on the ball is Jermaine Taylor 16, being chased down by Rhys Wilmott 15. (6852299)

Newport Streetscene Caged Football are taking place in every week in Park Square multi-storey car park. Pictured watching behind the cage walls from left William Morris, Jonathan Morris 17, Ben Parsons 14 and Kaelum Dicks 17. (6852301)

Newport Streetscene Caged Football are taking place in every week in Park Square multi-storey car park. Pictured is a 3-a-side match underway, with 12 teams in the mini tournament. (6852307)

First published in News

A SPORTS park designed to give young people free sporting activities has been launched in a multi-storey car park in Newport.

About 50 young people attended the launch night at the Park Square Sports Park to show off their skills, with the help of Newport City Council’s sports development team.

The initiative has seen a floor of Park Square multi-storey car park, located in the city centre, turned into a caged sports area for young people to use free of charge.

Speaking about the initiative, the council’s cabinet member for leisure and culture, Councillor Mark Whitcutt, said: “The Park Square Sports Park utilises a normally unused space and makes sport accessible to young people who may not have had an interest in it before.

“This project highlights what can be done with a bit of creativity to get more young people engaged in sport and physical activity,” he added.

“I hope this project continues to grow in popularity introducing sport to youngsters.”

The Park Square Sports Park initiative is believed to be the first of its kind in Wales and offers an urban space for youngsters to use for free in the evenings.

The project is aimed at young people who are not members of sports clubs but simply want to play sport with friends.

The council also hopes to reduce anti-social behaviour by relieving boredom.

The free sports sessions will be held every Wednesday evening, between 6pm and 8pm at Park Square car park.

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12:07pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Mr G Went says...

A massive 'Well Done' to all concerned.
Fantastic initiative.

Have been along to a few of the meets, it is well supported and the youngsters love it. Everyone is made welcome and the staff on hand make sure everyone gets involved.

Would love to see this develop further

A few of the old 'Tennis courts' in Beechwood Park could be a great project along the same lines!
A massive 'Well Done' to all concerned. Fantastic initiative. Have been along to a few of the meets, it is well supported and the youngsters love it. Everyone is made welcome and the staff on hand make sure everyone gets involved. Would love to see this develop further A few of the old 'Tennis courts' in Beechwood Park could be a great project along the same lines! Mr G Went
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