Teenage Kicks

In Jan 2017 Northwards Housing approached Louise Hodson and Colin Phillips for help.  They were trying to deal with some serious issues within the Harpurhey, Collyhurst and Monsall areas due to young people involved in anti-social behaviour.  Collyhurst Park had been consistently vandalised and the council were refusing to renew equipment.


A group of boys aged 12 to 16 were causing most of the problems.  To make matters worse parents had been issued with one or more tenancy warnings and some were at risk of eviction.  Louise and Colin convened a meeting with parents at Manchester Communication Academy to agree a way forward.


In February 2017 ‘Teenage Kicks’ was launched working with a group of sixteen young people offering boxing and football, twice a week, on a Monday and Thursday evenings.   Due to word of mouth in the community this steadily rose to forty-five regulars attending with the age group expanding from eight to sixteen years.


It came to light that some of the young people were not having anything to eat coming straight to “Teenage Kicks” in their school uniform without even going home.  In response to this we now provide a meal in two sittings as part of the offer.  Good progress is celebrated by a visit to our local take-away with a 50% discount on food and the young people are no longer causing problems in and around the shop.


We can now offer the following activities subject to staffing and facility availability:


  • Boxing

  • Football

  • Indoor archery

  • Gym

  • Games consoles

  • Roller skating

  • Mountain biking

  • Taekwondo

  • Scooters

  • Multi sports eg. Dodgeball, Badminton etc.

  • Cooking sessions

  • Street dance

  • Make-up workshops


In October 2017 we received the local crime impact report from Greater Manchester Police highlighting a phenomenal, 46% reduction in anti-social behaviour.  We look forward to helping to reducing this statistic further in the coming months.