Space 2018

Space poster 2018SPACE returns to Staffordshire for 2018 – with the promise of more activities, for a broader range of youngsters.

The amazing Staffordshire Space Scheme – offering a range of activities over the summer including an eight-week pass at Jubilee2 in Newcastle for £15 – is supported by a fantastic, borough-wide events programme which features sports sessions, theatre/DJ/music workshops and trips to the cinema, Drayton Manor, Alton Towers and Splash Landings, fishing, mountain biking, bowling, climbing, rambling, dodgeball, archery, football, cricket, rugby, rounders and trampolining are just some of the fun activities young people can enjoy during the school holidays. To view the full programme, please visit (please note, not all activities are available in every local area so it’s important you check where activities are taking place.)

Space is all about giving young people the opportunity to build on their skills, improve their fitness and get involved in some fun, positive activities. What’s not to love?

Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis introduced the Space programme to bring together public, voluntary and private sector organisations to help nurture, support and guide Staffordshire youngsters.

And, new for this year, is the lowering of the age band for certain activities, from 11 to eight-years-old*, with Mr Ellis providing a substantial increase in funding for the programme.

The nine district and borough councils within the county have already signed up for Space 2018, with preparations underway behind the scenes to ensure the 8-17-year-olds of Staffordshire and Stoke have a summer of fun and enjoyment to look forward to.

Wherever you’re from in the county, there will be something locally to keep your children occupied during the school holidays. Space 2018 is also being extended in certain areas to include the autumn term holiday period too.

The scheme attracted more than 18,000 attendees across the summer holidays in 2017 – an increase of 5669 from the previous 12 months. Statistics showed a drop in police-reported youth-related ASB throughout the Force during the period when Space was in operation, with a 38 per cent drop in incidents between mid-July and early-September 2017, compared to the same period 12 months earlier. These are influenced by a wide range of factors, including weather, opportunities to engage in activities of interest, operational activity together with changes to Force recording practices.

Matthew Ellis said: ‘Space 2018 promises to be our biggest yet. We’ve had huge numbers attending in the past. It is all about fun, learning and growing in confidence. Success for the youngsters is seen by the smiles on their faces, opportunities experienced for the first time and the things they’ve learned.

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