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All-Star gets active in Grimsby

Your Game matches community groups working with 16-25 year-olds to funding, training and employment opportunities. It does this through community festivals and year round support.

New All-Star Damian Tominey is already spreading the Your Game word. He was part of the team that put on a wicked Fair Play tournament organised by Positive Futures, Grimsby Council and Grimsby Town FC.

It brought together girls and boys from some of the most deprived estates across the Humber region. Your Game's Harryet Belwood-Howard went down to lend a hand and to film the event.


All-Star Damian Tominey's community event

Taking the form of a dance-off for the girls and a football tournament for the guys, the evening event at Hereford Technology School saw over 150 young people turn up to show off their skills and have some fun.

The event was all about reducing anti-social behaviour in Grimsby and the surrounding areas, and is run on the final Saturday of every month.

Samantha Roberts, a young dance apprentice working with Damian, helped co-ordinate the girls dance-off and performed herself. She was spotted by Positive Futures at one of their dance-offs and offered an apprenticeship. "This kind of event can really make a difference to the young people that come. Not only are they having fun and getting some exercise but if they weren't here today, many of them would be out on the streets getting drunk and causing trouble."

Being offered the apprenticeship was a big break for Samantha. Now she is working in an area she's passionate about and helping to motivate and inspire other young girls in the process.

Fourteen teams were involved in the football tournament which, despite the freezing conditions, saw some heated competition. Coincidentally Nunsthorpe, who won the 2008 Your Game event in Leeds, added another trophy to their collection.

Graham Rogers, Head of Football in the Community for Grimsby Town, was there supporting the lads and making sure the action was clean and fair. "This is a great opportunity for the boys to get off the streets, stay out of trouble and take part in something worthwhile. We work with Grimsby Town FC providing football apprenticeships and events. You can really see the difference a project like this can make in these guys confidence and behaviour."

There's a re-launch of the Fair Play tournaments for 2010 on December the 17th. So if your around the Grimsby area make sure you go down and check it out!

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