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Ex-Reds Star Helps To Keep Youngsters Off Streets

Friday December 6 2013

Bruce Dyer Bruce Dyer

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."

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Reply Posted by Fawkes on Friday December 6 2013 at 19:57
Wedge you piggy troll . Go back to your pig stye!

Reply Posted by max on Monday December 9 2013 at 15:26
I'm all for youth schemes and projects for kids but does it always have to be football oriented? What about the kids who don't enjoy football? What is there for them?

Reply Posted by Kilkenny on Monday December 9 2013 at 16:09
Keep kids off the streets n send them to crappy football matches at bottom end football clubs instead!

Reply Posted by Phantom on Monday December 9 2013 at 16:20
How about you draft him in to help tackle the issues on the pitch instead!?!

Reply Posted by craig on Monday December 9 2013 at 19:15
People still moaning - shock horror. This guy does amazing work for the community and not just kids.

Reply Posted by max on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 09:31
I wasn't moaning Craige i was just pointing out that not all kids like football. Its the same during half term at schools, the kids always come home with a letter for 'half term activities' yet it's always a football camp. Great it ya like football, just wish something more creative could be available. I don't know what else this guy does as I'm only responding the this story, but good on him :)

Reply Posted by barryfatknacker on Thursday December 12 2013 at 22:10
well done bruce ....

Reply Posted by whatswrong? on Thursday December 12 2013 at 22:17
whats wrong with the PARENTS of the nuisance kids to entertain them? lazy, useless, and damn right ignorant!! sort your own families out instead of "drafting in" people who have made something of their own lives!

Reply Posted by A on Thursday December 12 2013 at 22:48
I'm all for youth schemes and think this is great. However if this is to keep young people off the streets causing problems then surely it should be aimed at older children? Children between the age of 7 and 11 shouldn't be on the streets and if anyone of that age is on the street then the police should be called and the parents warned! There should be more stuff like this for older children to stop underage drinking and problems etc