New sports scheme is a runaway triumph...

PUBLISHED: 13:54 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:16 26 October 2009

A PILOT sporting scheme for young people across Hertsmere has been so successful it is set to be extended. The Twilight sports programme was set up to offer a range of activities late in the evening for young people aged between 15 and 19. It is currently

A PILOT sporting scheme for young people across Hertsmere has been so successful it is set to be extended.

The Twilight sports programme was set up to offer a range of activities late in the evening for young people aged between 15 and 19.

It is currently on a six-week pilot at the Hertswood Centre in Borehamwood - and about 20 youngsters attend football sessions on Mondays from 10pm to 11pm.

And it is this popularity that has convinced organisers to already look to extend the scheme.

Details are still being finalised, but it is now set to be trialled for six weeks in Potters Bar and Bushey for an hour on a weekday evening.

Borough councillor Brenda Batten, culture and health portfolio holder, attended the first session in Borehamwood.

She said: "It was great to see so many young people take advantage of this fantastic scheme and have such a great time playing sport.

"I hope the projects are as successful in Potters Bar and Bushey."

Activities in the new pilots will include netball and basketball as well as football. Sessions are free during the trials and £1 a session thereafter.

There is no need to book - just turn up as and when you want to.

To find out more, contact the council's community sports officer Helen Bottomley on 0208 207 7801.

The scheme is funded by Herts Sports Partnership and is co-ordinated by Hertsmere Borough Council in conjunction with Hertsmere Leisure and the police.

Cllr Batten added: "Special thanks should be extended to all partners but particularly the Herts Sports Partnership who have funded this exciting initiative.

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