Sports activities help to engage disadvantaged and disaffected young people. They can also help young people to become more disciplined and confident and to build communication and teamwork skills - qualities valued in the world of work. Sport can also develop healthy activity habits that encourage life-long participation in physical activity.
Most Myplace Centres have a range of excellent sporting facilities. XC in Hertfordshire focusses on “extreme” sports. Its facilities include a 60 x 14 metre climbing wall with 4 distinct areas which cater for everyone from beginners to experienced climbers seeking a challenge; a 206 square metre bouldering (low level climbing without the need for ropes and other equipment) experience; a skate and BMX Park; one of the largest organic indoor caving systems in the world and a High Ropes obstacle course.
The climbing wall at XC.
The Cedars Youth & Community Centre in Harrow is run by Watford FC's Community Sports and Education Trust, a registered charity. The sports facilities at The Cedars includes a state-of-the-art 4G Astro turf football pitch, a large sports hall, a climbing wall and a well-equipped gym. Younng people have the opportunity to try out a wide range of sports at The Cedars including football, badminton, basketball, tennis and table tennis. One of the most popular activities is Kickz, a free football project for 11-19 year olds on Monday and Friday evenings.