Young man (and woman) there’s no need to feel down….

On Tuesday 26th October, the Daggers Community Trust joined with West Ham Foundation to help two groups of young people from the local area find many ways to have a good time through fun multisport and educational activity. The coaches were joined by Officers from the Metropolitan Police TSG in the sports hall of the YMCA in Romford, working together, providing safe, fun and meaningful activities for local youngsters.

The first fun team session aimed to develop decision making, where the young people were split into different groups each helped by an officer. The activity was based on collecting cones, a competitive session to build confidence and team chemistry. Further activities were not only designed to put smiles on faces, but also introduce elements of life skills, including teamwork, problem solving and communication. The emphasis is always on fun and putting smiles on faces ensuring there’s no need to feel down.

Later in the afternoon older children joined in the activities. They, together with the Met Officers, carried out fun games involving many life skills. It was wonderful to see the children unite as one, especially when they had to work closely together in the final game. At the end of the day, the youngsters sat together while PCSO John Joseph (JJ) read a very passionate and personal story to the children, based on bullying, allowing the young people to step out of their comfort zone and take part in a demonstration against such treatment.

The Daggers Trust would like to thank the West Ham Foundation and the Trust coaches together with the six members of the Metropolitan Police, led by PC Ryan Baxter, for putting on such a brilliant session for the young people. Finally, we must mention the amazing staff at the YMCA who work with these young people and their families on a regular basis. We all plan to return to the YMCA in December to work with even more young people.