AN innovative project to steer young people in Deighton away from crime is a success.

Now organisers are inviting more to come and take part.

The D-project has been running for just over a year and now regularly attracts more than 25 young people between the ages of 18-25 in activities including football and film production.

The daytime project, which runs on Friday afternoons, is a partnership between Kirklees Council, Deighton Sports Council, Kirklees Council’s Young People’s Service and West Yorkshire Police and has been useful in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour through using sport, recreation, arts, media and leisure.

It is targeted at young people who fall outside mainstream support and aims to help them take an active part in shaping their own futures and encourages them to work as volunteers in regular activities such as football, basketball, athletics, play schemes and the annual carnival.

Project participants have already produced a video with music and gained skills in interview technique and film production.

Three of the group also now work with the Deighton Arena Saturday morning community football scheme and two have taken Level 1 in football coaching.

Clr Peter O’Neill said: “It is felt that a group of 14-16 year olds in the area could benefit from some of the things the D-project has to offer and it is hoped that some of the older project participants plus the football coaches from the sports council could work with this group in some way and provide good role models.”

The D-project meets at Deighton Community Sports Arena, Deighton Road.