7 Police and Crime Commissioners are funded by The Home Office to establish effective ways to mobilise the power of sport to reduce youth crime. The priority is to reduce anti-social behaviour. Alan Charles, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire leads this work and StreetGames is the sporting partner.

There are 7 live projects in the programme. Each are run by community agencies in areas of high crime and youth related nuisance; each provides a sports offer that is attractive to disadvantaged teenagers.

The sports progammes are built upon the insights of Doorstep Sport, the findings of Positive Futures and underpinned by the work of the Youth Justice Board work on Risk and Protection Factors.

View the programme brief here

Loughborough University is evaluating the programme. This initial report reviews the existing literature about youth crime and sport.

Contact Stuart Felce for more information – stuart.felce@streetgames.org

The National Alliance of Sport for the Desistance of Crime

Sport has often been evidenced as an effective way to engage with even the most challenging and complex individuals caught up in a cycle of crime and imprisonment.

Why sport?

The power of sport if used appropriately can offer an alternative means of excitement and risk taking to that gained through engaging in offending behaviour. Another advantage of using the power of sport is the access to an increasing alternative social network and wide range of positive social role models.

The National Alliance of Sport for the Desistance of Crime (NASDC), will support a range of stakeholder’s ranging from the private, public, voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to champion the power of sport as a tool for the prevention and the desistance from crime. The 2nd Chance Group lead the Alliance.

One the priorities for this work is focused on Prevention and Early Intervention.  StreetGames will chair the PAG, (Positive Action Group),

To find out more about the Alliance please contact James Mapstone– james@2ndchancegroup.org

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