A two-month scheme in Coppull for youngsters to sample ‘urban soccer’ has been deemed a success by local police.

Over the last eight weeks Coppull Neighbourhood Police joined forces with Chorley’s Freestyle Urban Soccer to bring street football to young people in to the village on Friday evenings.

Around 140 young people played matches inside inflatable arenas, with some testing their skills against police officers.

Freestyle Urban Soccer also introduced a new form of Dutch “Panna” football to the children and teenagers of the village.

Panna originates from Holland and is the slang for nutmeg, (ball through the legs).

The aims of the project, held outside Coppull Leisure Centre was to try and help youngsters kick boredom into touch whilst at the same time address some of the anti-social problems that local residents have faced.

PC Mark Price, the Coppull Community Beat Manager, said: “This has been a great way of engaging with young people in our area and at the same time providing them with a healthy and fun activity.

“It was also a good opportunity for us to get to know the young people in our area and make them more aware of their local police officers.”

Freestyle Urban Soccer is a new company set up in Chorley that uses mobile inflatable pitches.

Paul Maloney, who runs the business said: “The equipment is extremely versatile and ideal for using in housing estates that have few or limited facilities of their own.”