Rogerstone Grassroots 23/08/18

Youth Council…..There’s been a lot on social media recently about youths in Rogerstone and our City centre allegedly up to no good and when I was putting together this week’s grassroots it became clear that from sports to volunteering there’s a lot of good things our youngsters can and do get involved with so I thought I’d theme this week’s column around some positives youngsters in Rogerstone might want to and are already part of for example  Newport Youth Council is open to all young people aged 11-25 living in Newport to give a voice to youngsters on the issues that affect them, it’s a real opportunity for our young people to have their say and also maybe influence things that could affect their lives, Mitch Boon who’s the groups communication spokesperson comes from Rogerstone and  told me ‘its great fun and you get to make loads of friends, it’s also a great opportunity to develop your confidence’  for more info to find out how you can get involved.


Youf Gang… I recently bumped into local PCSO Richy Davies who told me all about  a sponsored charity hike he was involved with in for Rogerstone’s ‘Sparkle Appeal’  along with a group of youngsters called ‘The Youf Gang’  on Saturday 8th September the group will  hike will around  in Pen-Y-Fan Mountain in the Brecon Beacon. .Richy told me ‘The Youf Gang as been run by myself for Gwent Police for 3 years, it’s a youth forum and youth engagement project for 10 to 16 year olds based at Shaftesbury Community  Centre. The group volunteers to help their community and takes pride in what they get involved in by taking part in community events, litter picks, charity fundraising and sport and educational activities all arranged by myself. The group designed their own club badge and motto which is ;’ making Shaftesbury a nicer place’ but children for all over our City are welcome as members. Youf Gang as raised over £2500 for charities in the last year and the charity hike in aid of Rogerstone ‘Sparkle Appeal’ is the next event, if locals in Rogerstone would like to join the hike or indeed sponsor the gang they can make a pledge by contacting me, it’s a fantastic charity and such a great cause’ Richy added ‘we also have spaces for any Rogerstone youths who’d like to join the Group’ so why not get involved and see what ‘Youf Gang’ is all about?  girls and boys are welcome, we read daily about youth crime, gangs and anti-social behaviour don’t we so it was great hearing about Youf Gang and the positive contribution its members are making to Newport life to find out more and to get involved contact Richy on  Tel – 07464653018.  please note: Youf Gang is a fully constituted group with all the relevant checks in place run with the support of Gwent Police.


Summer of Cricket……. Rogerstone Welfare Cricket Club continues to provide magnificent support to our Community and does some fabulous work with youngsters and after some great successes this season, I asked the legendary  Derek A. Picken to give  us some of the highlights from the season, heres what Derek had to say about our summer of cricket:  Youth Cricket…At youth level the club again ran the All Stars programme for 5 -8 year olds running two taster sessions followed by the programme of 8 specified sessions then a party session plus one extra session. Because of holidays etc we then finished the programme. Thanks are due to our activators,  Niki Goodfellow, Carmel Reed, and John Matthews and our support team of Jack Collier, Kieran Richards  Mark Williams ,Owen Dilger and Lee Richards.  We also thank our regular supporters and the parents for their help. The club also ran our Under 9’s programme with great success Highlights were:


  1. The enthusiasm of our new coach Jonathan Matthews.
  2. We participated in more Festivals than any other team in Gwent.
  3. We hosted the largest under 9’s festival in Gwent with almost 300 people at the Welfare Grounds.
  4. The Glorious weather we had!

At under 11’s age group we had two teams and played  18 games with two more scheduled. At under 13’s level we also did well in reaching the semi-final of the Plate competition. At the time of writing our combined U15’s team with Newport Fugitives have reached the semi-final of the Shield competition and are awaiting the result of the very late other quarter final. Thanks are due to all of our coaches , Mark Harnden, Andrew Williams , Andrew Trinder and Jonathan Matthews and support workers Jack Collier and Jeffrey Walsh. The Club is among the top few in Gwent with regards to the number of youth matches played. Girls Cricket: The club ran the biggest and first ever ALL GIRLS festival in South East Wales on behalf of Cricket Wales with girls attending from many Gwent Clubs. Again thanks are due to the superb organisation of Jonathan and Trina Matthews and Beverley Pagington. Schools Support Work: The club provided free in curricula cricket to Rogerstone Primary School for the 12th  year Over 20 hours of free cricket was provided. The club also participated in Rogerstone Primary School’s sport/fitness day The Club also supported the inaugural Jubilee Park School  ‘Party in the Park’ event and will continue to forge stronger links with the school. Hosted Events This year the Club hosted Wales over 60’s v Oxfordshire over 60’sWe also hosted Gwent Under 12’s v  Worcestershire Under 12’s And are due to host Gwent Under 12’s v Cardiff and Vale Under 12’sThe Club will also be providing Cricket on behalf of Cricket Wales at Newport City Councils  Sport in the Park event at The Welfare Grounds. Community Council and Steve Davies and ground staff All of our visitors to the grounds have been greatly impressed with the facilities and the presentation of the grounds is magnificent. We do pass on comments received but we feel these should be seen by the wider community. We cannot thank you all enough, Unfortunately due to unavailability of players, the senior section has struggled this year with both teams fighting relegation battles. We are looking for new players for the 2019 season. Would any players interested please contact Andrew  Trinder  on  07737225841  or Derek Picken on 07851863833. Always good to hear from Derek who’s one to the real unsung heroes of Rogerstone, thank you Derek for all you do for Cricket, our youngster and our community.


On my Radio… This year  Newport City Radio have been celebrating  their 10th birthday and they’ve asked me to make Rogerstone neighbours and particularly those aged 16 to 23  aware of volunteering opportunities they have available, the station  prides itself in being the official radio station for Newport but they tell me their main aim is to train and develop volunteers.  For anyone wanting to enter the Interactive Media industry, Newport City Radio is the perfect way to get your foot in the door and get real-world experience, all within one building and one big team of energetic, like-minded people. The main areas the team offer volunteers experience is are: radio presenting and producing; Djing; podcasting; confidence building and self-development; video production; photography; graphic design; blogging; journalism; event hosting; and social media marketing; If you’d like to volunteer and get valuable experience NCR’s doors are always open for more info.



Three Years of Tech Support… another group doing great work in Rogerstone supporting youngsters is our ‘Tech Club Newport’ which  is approaching its third year which has been successful with sourcing funding  for its Projects from Rogerstone Community panel/Post Office Common Unity / Tesco Groundwork Bags Of Help Risca/ Greggs Foundation/Co Op/ Perkin Elmer and Follow Your Dreams Charity Who have helped provide New TV’s for the clubs Gamers as well as helping provide a laptop and Computer. Club organisers told me “We would like to also thank Luke Pearce @Newports Rocky for their Very Generous Donation to Tech Club from the David ‘Bomber’ Pearce Legacy Fund. At Tech Club we are a group of mums (and Dads) with children who have Autism. We understand what our Youngsters of Tech club need and many of the obstacles they face because our own children have similar experiences. We support Students and young people with Autism to help them socialise and improve their confidence and build friendships in a safe environment . Our Young people at Tech Club experience difficulty coping with social situations so we make sure we provide an environment where they can cope and have fun’  If you would like to know more about Tech Club or Volunteer why not get in touch,  If you’re upgrading your TVs or Consoles please consider donating to our ‘Tech Club’ they  can arrange collection, for info and to donate  email:


Dukes Awards…. The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) programme is open to anyone aged between 14 and 24 years who would like to learn a new skill, volunteer, undertake a physical activity and complete an expedition, I know it might sound a bit official  but all the youngsters I know who’ve got involved in the DofE awards have had a great time as they complete a bronze, silver or gold level and achieve an award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections, or five if you’re going for gold! I’m also told its great fun and along the way youngsters  pick up experiences, friends and talents that will hopefully stay with them for the rest of their  lives. The DofE is run in Newport’s secondary schools, youth clubs, Coleg Gwent and the Share Centre, Stow Hill. Bronze level takes six months to complete, silver a year and gold 18 months. For more info Email


Youth Info Service… The City Centre Information Shop is part of Newport City Council’s Youth Service and employs qualified youth workers who  provide information, support and guidance to young people aged 11 – 25 from across the city in a friendly and informal setting.  Professional Youth Work staff operate an open access drop-in for young people with a range of free services, including: Computer / Internet access, Printing / Photocopying, C-Card Scheme (Sexual Health) Training Courses, e.g. CSCS Card (Site safety), Food Hygiene, Manual Handling, First Aid etc Support with Job Searches, CV’s, Interview preparation, The service  is open: Tuesday to Friday 11am – 4pm,Info Shop (2nd Floor) Newport Library & Museum, John Frost Square, Newport, NP20 1PA, Tel. 01633 851616 for more details. Putting this weeks column together I’ve learnt two things, even with austerity there are a lot of things still out there youngsters can get involved in and that our youths aren’t all bad, maybe sometimes we just need to reach out and see the good.

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