What’s on in York; ‘Cops vs Kids’ Esports pilot in York

York-based Digital PCSO Chris Simpson has been working on a new project during the past few months to help improve police engagement with children and young people in his patch.

Chris’s idea – called ‘Cops vs Kids’ – is to use Esports to build positive bridges with the youngsters, as well as seeking support from their parents and guardians.

He has teamed up with British Esports Association (BEA) and City of York Council’s Youth Justice Service to launch the initiative throughout August.

It will run at the Moor Lane Youth Centre on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12noon and 2pm. All the places have now been filled.

The pilot covers a variety of sessions such as casual gaming, skills workshops, careers awareness and building a safe place for young people.

FREE summer holiday York City Knights activity sessions

A packed programme of free activities for young people has been arranged by York City Knights Foundation, with the support of Westfield and Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committees.

There will be weekly sessions at Woodthorpe Green (Mondays from 12 noon to 1.30pm) and at Acomb Green (Fridays 2.30 to 4.00pm) plus extra activity sessions at both venues as well as at Chesneys Field, Westfield Primary School and the Revival estate. Register at www.yorkcityknights.com/future-knights

Details of all of the sessions are shown on the posters below.

York City Football Club kickabout sessions also get underway from 30th July, which will take place at Woodthorpe Green, Chesneys Field and the Knavesmire. Further details HERE

FREE summer kickabout sessions for local young people

Over the summer holidays York City FC Foundation is running a series of free kickabout sessions for young people in west York from 4 to 13 years of age.

The sessions, which are funded by the ward committees of Westfield, Dringhouses & Woodthorpe and Micklegate wards, will be held on Chesneys Field, Woodthorpe Green and the Knavesmire.

Details of the dates and times of the sessions – and links to the websites to use to book a place – are set out below.

Click HERE to book a place at Woodthorpe Green

Click HERE to book a place at Chesneys Field

Click HERE to book a place at the Knavesmire

Half-term activities for local young people

York City Knights Foundation are running free activity sessions for local young people during half-term week.

The sessions will take place on Wednesday 2nd June:

  • 10am to 11.30am – Westfield Primary School
  • 2.00pm to 3.30pm – Woodthorpe Green

The sessions are open to boys and girls aged 5 years and over. Booking is essential with limited availability. For more information and to book go to https://yorkcityknights.com/future-knights/

Have your say on playground funding bid

Local councillors are asking Dringhouses residents for their views on a possible funding bid to deliver improvements to the playgound on Leeside.

In December 2020 the council announced a £100,000 fund for play area improvements, through which communities can bid for up to £10,000 to be spent on replacing outdated equipment and refreshing play ideas with new kit. Any successful bid would need a 15% contribution from other sources, such as ward funding.

Cllr Paula Widdowson at the Leeside playground

In Dringhouses & Woodthorpe ward, the council playgrounds at Nelsons Lane and Woodthorpe Green have benefited from significant investment in recent years, but the play area on Leeside (which is also owned and managed by the council) has not seen any investment. In winter months it is very boggy due to poor drainage on the site – councillors have tried to address this, but Yorkshire Water have refused to allow a drainage channel to be installed to flow into their pipes.

Ward councillors are now asking local residents for their views on whether and how the Leeside play area could be improved. Feedback will help to shape an application for funding, if residents feel that the play area would benefit from some investment.

These are the questions on which we would welcome feedback:

  1. Do you think that the Leeside play area would benefit from some investment?
  2. The play area is very boggy in the winter, making it difficult to use. Would you like to see astroturf (or a similar surface) laid on the kickabout area to make it more useable during wet weather?
  3. Are there any pieces of equipment currently in the play area which need updating? If so, please tell us which ones.
  4. Are there new pieces of kit which could be added? If so, please tell us what you would like to see installed.
  5. Do you have any other ideas or suggestions to improve the play area?

Residents are asked to send their feedback by e-mail to cllr.sfenton@york.gov.uk by the end of January, to allow time for the feedback to be collated and for a funding bid to be potentially submitted by the end of February.

Free half-term holiday fun for young people

York City Knights Foundation will be running some free outdoor activity sessions for local young people in west York over the half-term holiday. The dates and times are listed below.

Pre-booking is essential, via the Knights website at https://yorkcityknights.com/future-knights

Processes are in place to make the sessions Covid-compliant with spaces limited to meet current Government and RFL guidance, and as such booking is essential with limited availability. Once booked on, parents/ carers of participants are asked to download the Clubforce App which will help the Knights to follow Covid- 19 protocols.

What’s on – free sports activities for young people

The Dringhouses & Woodthorpe and Westfield Ward Committees are funding a number of outdoor activity sessions for young people from 27 August to 4 September.

York City Knights Foundation will be running the sessions at the following locations:

  • Thu 27 August – Revival estate
  • Fri 28 August – Acomb Green
  • Tue 1 September – Woodthorpe Green
  • Fri 4 September – Chesney Fields

There are two sessions on each date – 1.30 to 2.15 and 2.30 to 3.15. Children can book onto either session 1 or session 2 but unfortunately not onto both sessions.

Booking is essential in order to comply with track & trace requirements. To book a place, go to the York City Knights Foundation website HERE

Summer holiday activity listings available online

Parents and carers wanting to keep their children busy and active this summer can click through to a rich listing of fun for the holidays.

The activities, events and ideas on the Shine website are for children and young people, including those with special education needs and disabilities. All have social distancing precautions in place or are based online, and many are free of charge. 

Shine, a council-run hub, gives businesses and organisations an opportunity to upload their own events on the website for free.

There is also a section on the site for other sources of information. These include:

The current list features all sorts from a Fairy and Troll trail at Bishopthorpe Pre-school Playgroup to Crazy Golf and Foot Golf at York Golf range, to wildlife watching from The Wildlife Trusts and mindfulness session. The events and activities will be updated throughout the summer.

Organisations or businesses that would like to list an event in Shine, but haven’t yet done so, can list their activity at Get Listed in Shine

York City kickabout sessions for Woodthorpe & Foxwood

The Westfield and Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward Committees are once again funding free summer holiday activity sessions for local young people.

York City FC Foundation will be running kickabout sessions at Woodthorpe Green and Chesney Fields on Thursdays from 23 July to 3 September from 10am to 12.45pm. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, pre-booking is required so that social distancing can be maintained. Places can be booked online HERE

Woodthorpe Green dates:

– 23 July

– 6 August

– 20 August

– 3 September

Chesney Fields dates:

– 30 July

– 13 August

– 27 August

Playgrounds re-open

The council playgtounds at Woodthorpe Green, Nelsons Lane and Leeside were all re-opened on Saturday 11 July.

Signage has been put up encouraging the use of hand sanitiser and reminding users of the continued need for social distancing.

The two playgrounds on the Revival estate remain closed. Greenbelt, the facilities management company which is responsible for the playgrounds, has yet to confirm that they have undertaken the necessary checks before the play areas can be re-opened.