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Ball players help young people raise their game

Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Neighbourhoods, joined Lambeth police, London Lions basketball players and residents at the Rhodesia Road Ball Pitch

Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Neighbourhoods, joined Lambeth police, London Lions basketball players and residents at the Rhodesia Road Ball Pitch

Professional basketball players from the capital’s London Lions team visited a Lambeth court on Tuesday (Aug6) offering young people a free opportunity to improve their skills.

The ‘Hoop it… don’t shoot it’ sport and social event was organised following a non-fatal shooting in April at the Rhodesia Road Ball Pitch on the Grantham Road Estate, Stockwell.

Lambeth council, Lambeth police, Grantham Road Residents Association and Hyde Housing Association were all involved, and regular basketball coaching sessions at the court will follow.

Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Neighbourhoods, said: “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.”

On the day the park around the basketball court also hosted a barbeque, face painting and there was information for local residents from the police and Hyde housing.

A/Chief Inspector Jon Hubbard from Neighbourhoods Policing Team said; “This event is the culmination a great deal of partnership work by the community, council, 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.”

The work is being undertaken as part of Lambeth council’s Safer Communities campaign to highlight work being done to make the borough a safer place. The campaign also shows how we are giving people in the borough more control over the council’s work with the police to reduce crime and the fear of crime.

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