The Home Office provides funding for seven Police and Crime Commissioners, to establish effective ways to mobilise the power of sport to reduce youth crime. The main goal of the initiative is to achieve a reduction in anti-social behaviour. Hardyal Dhindsa, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire has taken the lead in this work, with StreetGames acting as the sporting partner.

There are seven live projects in the programme, each of which is run by a community agency based in an area of high crime and youth-related nuisance. All seven projects work to provides a sports offer that is attractive to disadvantaged teenagers.

The sports programmes 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 evaluated the programme. The full evaluation report, including an executive summary, can be downloaded here

Plus a short summary document can also be downloaded here.

Contact Stuart Felce for more information –

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–

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