A FORMER footballer has been drafted in to help tackle youth nuisance issues in Barnsley.

Ex-Reds striker Bruce Dyer - the first teenager to be sold for more than £1million - will hold coaching sessions at Netherwood ALC on Friday nights.

The project - for seven to 11-year-olds between 4 and 5.30pm - is free to attend and has been funded by the office of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright.

It's hoped the sessions will keep youngsters off the streets on Friday evenings and encourage them to stay active.

Dyer, who still lives in the Barnsley area, said: "A lot of kids are bored on Friday nights and hopefully this will give them something to do.

"I've always had a love for the people of Barnsley having played here for so many years and it'll be great to get to know the kids and hopefully pass on some knowledge."

Cllr Karen Dyson was instrumental in securing the funding for the project.

She said: "We've wanted to do something for a while in this area now and it's good that Bruce is willing to put something back into the community and give up his time.

"Hopefully it'll keep kids off the street and get them involved in something they enjoy."