More than 140 delegates attended our inaugural Crime Prevention and Sport Conference for a great day of shared learning.

Held at the bet365 Stadium, in the European City of Sport Stoke-on-Trent, the aim of the event was to discuss the most recent applied research into how the power of sport and physical activity can boost community safety and reduce anti-social behaviour.

Organised in conjunction with Stoke City Council, those in attendance were treated to various talks from our esteemed keynote speakers, including: Lord McNally (Chair of Youth Justice Board), Hardyal Dhindsa (Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire) and Adam Rigarlsford (Strategic Lead – Local Partnerships at Sport England).

At the event, Lord McNally said: “Prevention is undoubtedly better than cure. Ahead of any entry in to the criminal justice system, there are often vital points in a young person’s life at which, if they’d had the right support to help overcome their difficulties or the right intervention to address a problem they themselves could not overcome, or the right person to talk to in their lives who could show them another way, they could have been prevented from committing crimes in the first place.

“Those who build a link with a particular sport very often find they have also discovered that, through it, they can also find the support system they need to help them live crime-free lives. 

“The PCC for Derbyshire, Mr Hardyal Dhindsa, has been particularly keen to make sports accessible to all children and young people, and he and I have discussed how PCCs and the YJB could collaborate to help make this happen.

 “I am delighted to join him in writing to all the PCCs in England and Wales today, to set out our shared vision for sports and to see it realised through local partnership working between PCCs and YOTs in communities up and down the country.

“I encourage you all to join us on this journey to help some of the most vulnerable children in our country.”

The Conference was compered by local man Martin Tideswell, Editor of the Stoke Sentinel. He said: “It’s been my absolute pleasure (to host the event). There are some real game-changers for our young people in this room.”

Lindsey MacDonald, from Street League, facilitated a workshop at the Conference; she later posted on Twitter: “Great day speaking @StreetGames conference. Heard about great work being done & looked at new partnerships!”

After the event Tony Hennon, Homechoice Project Coordinator at Places for People, said: “The conference was excellent and really useful.”

Conference presentations can be viewed on the website.



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