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Caring touch proves a success

PUBLISHED: 15:48 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:32 11 August 2010

A LOCAL football team created through the Caring Outreach Project two years ago has been hailed as a success in helping youngsters avoid getting sucked into crime. Caring Outreach FC (pictured above) have played in the Romford and District League since

A LOCAL football team created through the Caring Outreach Project two years ago has been hailed as a success in helping youngsters avoid getting sucked into crime.

Caring Outreach FC (pictured above) have played in the Romford and District League since 2006 and have two teams registered.

Gabriel Olasoji Snr, who works for the organisation, suggested that football and other activities arranged by the project has provided the area's youth with a constructive distraction from trouble.

"The aim is to take young people out of gun, knife and drug crime which is working out very well in Barking and Dagenham and in east London where crime is mounting up," he said.

"My happiness is that we're getting young people out of crime and allowing them to do what they love doing, not only football, but other activities.

"Those who love to, sing and make cds, dvds, videos and music which we will record for them free of charge and give them the copies.

"We'll also send the best five to some TV music stations and other TV stations to encourage the participants. When other young people see this, they will be encouraged to also take positive steps in their lives," he said.

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