Operation Bang reduces anti-social behaviour on bonfire night
Cardiff City FC Foundation’s ‘Operation Bang’ football tournament proves a success after it was shown to have reduced anti-social behaviour on bonfire night.
The Foundation organised and ran an ‘Operation Bang’ football tournament for young people aged 13-19 from the Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown areas on Saturday night, 5th November.
The Foundation worked closely with Shakilah Malik, the Youth Work Manager for Butetown Pavilion, to ensure the young people were aware of the tournament and made the most of the diversionary event.
Over 130 young people turned up and participated in the event at the House of Sport. Foundation coaches organised numbers into two tournaments – One Under 16’s Tournament of 7 teams and one Over 16’s Tournament with 11 teams.
Statistics showed there were nine less anti-social behavior related occurrences in Cardiff Bay compared to bonfire night, 2015. The unprecedented success of the event prompted Enamul Hoque of South Wales Police to comment:
“I have heard a lot of positive feedback from the youths and locals regarding the event. It was amazing to see fireworks in Butetown actually going up into the sky instead of towards houses and people”.
He added: “Myself, and other officers agree that it has been the quietest Bonfire night in many years. Thank you to all who took part in organising such a successful event”.
PC Alex Bourner, Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator for Cardiff, was also quick to praise the effect of ‘Operation Bang’ adding:
“We had minimal issues which I think can be attributed to the success of the football tournament”.
Weekly, free football sessions are held for teenagers through the Premier League Kicks project across South Wales. The closest one to the stadium on offer is at Butetown Pavilion every Friday, 6pm-8pm.
Please contact Zac on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07701 287689 if you are interested in attending, or would like more information on Kicks.