Former Port Vale player Adam Yates has been named as the first “champion” of Staffordshire Police’s Space scheme.
Yates retired at the end of the season after making over 400 Football League appearances. He received a number of awards at Vale’s Player of the Year awards for his work behind the scenes.
Now Yates has been named as the first-ever champion of the Space scheme.
Yates commented: “It’s great to be named as the first ‘champion’ for Space. Space is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters to be fully engaged and active during the summer holidays. I’m looking forward to what should be a rewarding and fun summer.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Mathew Ellis added: “We are absolutely delighted to have Adam on board as the first Space Champion.Having someone of Adam’s profile championing Space can only be positive for the scheme.”
What is Space?
The programme – originally organised by police in Staffordshire during the ’80s and ’90s – is aimed at giving young people something to do during the school summer holidays.
The new version of Space was re-launched by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and is designed for 11 to 17-year-olds.
Statistics show a drop in anti-social behaviour across Staffordshire during the period when Space is in operation.