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Issue:24/25 March 2010

Making a drama to prevent a crisis

TALENTED students are making a drama out of anti-social behaviour at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on Thursday, 25 March, 2010.

Pupils from eight secondary schools in the city have developed their own 15 minute productions on subjects ranging from racism to road safety as part of a project called:- ‘Act Together’.

Now in its third year, it sees pupils performing their work in front of 6,000 primary school children to starkly illustrate the consequences of anti-social behaviour.

The schools and their drama topics are:-

• Shorefields - alcohol

• North Liverpool Academy – drugs

• St John Bosco – gangs

• Parklands - railway safety

• New Heys - racism

• Gateacre - bullying

• Archbishop Beck - road safety

• Broadgreen – anti-social behaviour

On Thursday, 25 March 2010, the pupils will take to the stage at the world-famous Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to perform their dramas in front of a VIP audience of local dignitaries.

Councillor Marilyn Fielding, executive member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:- “This initiative is having a major impact on preventing crime and anti social behaviour and is helping make Liverpool a safer place. Liverpool is already one of the safest metropolitan cities in the country with anti-social behaviour down 18 percent over the last year and this scheme is playing a part in that. So far these workshops have proved extremely popular. They give young people the opportunity to stop and think about the consequences of their actions and the type of life they want to lead.”

All eight secondary schools are involved with the Safer Schools Partnership which sees officers from Merseyside Police working within the school.

Knowsley vs Manhattan Panthers, Athletic & Phoenix
Game result – Knowsley 2 Manhattan 1

MERSEYSIDE team, Knowsley arrived at The Icahn Stadium on 21 March 2010 to play 3 x 30 minute matches against 3 different Manhattan teams, with members of the Knowsley squad each playing at least one match.

The first match was against the Panthers and they didn’t have a good start, looking nervous and making errors that they don’t normally make. They gave the ball away a lot of times in all areas of defence, midfield and attack. Knowsley began to settle and played better after the first 10 minutes, getting the ball into dangerous areas, but could not find each other when it mattered.

Knowsley looked tired after the long journey they had and with a busy schedule this began to take its toll on the players which gave the Panthers the chance to make progress through the Knowsley defence coming close on a couple of occasions. Knowsley struggled to get their game together and looked second best at times and in the 22nd minute of the first period poor defending allowed the Panthers to take the lead which they held to the break.

In the second period Knowsley were up against Athletic who were a fast and furious team and also caused Knowsley problems with their pace. A number of changes were made at the break by Knowsley and this was a chance for the other players to show their skills but again, as in the first period, the same sloppy play caused Knowsley problems. Despite many chances in the 2nd period created by both teams -and coming close on a few occasions - no other goals were scored and this gave Knowsley a chance to consolidate their play.

In the third period more players were used by Knowsley and they began well by moving the ball and passing the ball around better; suddenly believing in themselves and gaining confidence. A fine piece of play in midfield saw Sean Richards release Anthony Dunleavy who broke free from his marker and went on to strike an excellent shot into the far corner of the goal. Knowsley then began to play better football and looked more like the Knowsley team we know and it was at the end of the 3rd period that Knowsley took the lead and the victory that Knowsley expected with a fine solo effort from Anthony Carr which put an end to a poor performance from Knowsley and realisation that things can only get better.

Location:– Icahn Stadium, USA
Weather:– warm and sunny
Game result:– Knowsley 2 - Manhattan 1

Report with thanks to Dave Mercer

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