West Hill Wasps Junior Football Team in Devon have been given a boost thanks to the Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA).
The club, who take players aged between six and 18, are an FA Charter youth football club based in West Hill, East Devon and applied for money to pay for a new goal. The Wasps play in yellow and black kit (as you might expect) and are a community based club providing training, activities and matches for around 150 local children every week.
The bid, for £1717.00, was recently approved by police and the youngsters are delighted.
Allen Morgan, Wasps football coach, said: “We applied for the funds to help us get better team equipment and we are so grateful it has been approved, this is great news for the club. It’s good that confiscated drug dealer’s money is now being put back into the community and that they won't see the benefit of it.”
Under the Proceeds Of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) police can apply to seize assets from convicted criminals in certain cases and the funds can be distributed by police forces to their communities. POCA is used for good causes and local initiatives.
Neighbourhood Police Teams across Devon and Cornwall are encouraged to engage with their local community groups and find possible organisations who may benefit from a financial boost. In some instances the money may be used to help those who may be vulnerable or may wish to take part in activities to prevent crime or help divert someone else from getting into trouble and making the wrong life choices.
Superintendent Antony Hart, Devon & Cornwall Policing Commander for Exeter, East & Mid Devon, added: “The aim of the grant making is to help build thriving communities. We support core costs, new or continuing projects and one-off initiatives. I am very pleased that West Hill Wasps have received the funds and I wish the team success in the future.”