Burnley legend Martin Dobson to help youngsters avoid crime

Burnley legend Martin Dobson to help youngsters avoid crime

Martin Dobson with John Magee.

In his footballing days

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , .

BURNLEY legend Martin Dobson has signed up to help the town’s youngsters avoid a life of crime.

The Rishton-born midfielder, who scored 76 times in 490 appearances during two spells with the Clarets, will work as an ambassador for the STREETS of Burnley outreach project.

STREETS — Sports to Radically Educate Everyone to Succeed — will work in conjunction with the University Technical College (UTC) in Trafalgar Street to help young people understand the consequences of risk-taking behaviour and the value of learning. The former England international, 66, got involved with the nationally-accredited scheme following an invitation from its managing director, John Magee.

Mr Dobson — the first £300,000 player in Britain — said: “John told me about his background — about how he used to be involved in gang-related crime and how he turned his life around — and so he is the perfect person to deliver his message and help children in Burnley. I had no hesitation in becoming an ambassador of STREETS of Burnley. STREETS can help to give children a second, third or even fourth chance and make them think about their actions. John has a lot of energy and deserves to succeed.”

Mr Magee, who said he was involved with crime when he was younger, set up STREETS UK, aimed at 10 to 19-year-olds, in 2009.

He said: “It’s all about using sport and mentoring as a vehicle and the hook to help children understand the consequences of risk-taking behaviour. I want to help them fulfill their aspirations and full potential. It also strengthens their sense of team work and respect for themselves and others.”

Mr Magee hopes to recruit a former professional footballer to deliver STREETS in the Burnley area from September 2014.

He added: “I am in talks with the Professional Footballers’ Association and Football League Trust about my vision — Burnley is the first step.”

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