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New judo programme aims to engage children in sport
A new judo programme which aims to engage young people in sport has been launched in Harrow.
The free eight-week activity, called Fighting Chance, is aimed at those who have either been involved in or have been victims of anti-social behaviour and bullying.
The award-winning project claims to cause a significant reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour in communities and improve the self-respect, self-confidence, school attendance and grades of those who take part.
During the eight weeks, young people will get regular exercise, be educated from presentations on a range of topics, meet role models and learn new skills including discipline and self respect for themselves and others.
At the end of the eight weeks, everyone takes part in grading to achieve their yellow belt in judo, and are encouraged to continue playing the sport afterwards.
The programme is being run by Harrow Borough Council as part of an initiave to keep the Olympic legacy alive.