Youth Justice Sport Fund

The Ministry of Justice identified funding to invest in sports programmes across England and Wales that effectively delivered against criminal justice outcomes in the financial year to the end of March 2023.

The £5m programme used sport to enhance positive outcomes for vulnerable young people in the context of youth crime. The funds supported 220 voluntary and community sports organisations to carry out targeted work supporting children and young people who were at risk of entering the criminal justice system.

Sport was increasingly recognised as having a role in prevention and early intervention work with children at risk of, or already involved in, offending behaviour. Although sport was unlikely to stop offending by itself, it had the potential to make a positive contribution.

The two key goals for the funding were to:

  • Support vulnerable young people, aged 10-17, at-risk of involvement in crime, anti-social behaviour and serious violence—understood as those in the secondary tier of need—through involvement in local sporting activities
  • Through capacity building, increase the capability of sport sector delivery organisations to work effectively with their local criminal justice partners, including Youth Justice Services, Police and Police Crime Commissioners (PCC)/Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) structures. This work focused on building sustainable relationships for the medium to longer term to facilitate potential future access to the new ‘Turnaround’ programme and other funding.

Programme Resources

Youth Justice Sport Fund External Evaluation Report
Theory of Change: Sport, youth offending and serious youth violence
Youth Justice Sport Fund programme infographic

Useful Links

Youth Justice Statistics – National Picture
Local Authority Offending Rates (the number of children cautioned and sentenced)
Youth Justice Statistics – Local Authority Level Data (Age, Gender, Ethnicity)
English indices of deprivation 2019 (access deprivation data about the community you deliver in)
Find your local PCC
Violence Reduction Units
Join the StreetGames network
Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice
Sport For Development Coalition
Active Partnerships

Potential Funding Sources

Youth Endowment Fund
The Triangle Trust
National Lottery Awards For All England
Sport England Small Grants
BBC Children in Need
People’s Postcode Lottery
Be Active Wales Fund (up to £50,000)
UK Youth Fund



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