On Wednesday 6th December StreetGames returned to the Stoke City Football Stadium for the second annual Crime Prevention & Sport Conference. The event, which was attended by well over 150 delegates, brought together representatives from the Mental Health, Community Sport and Social Justice sectors, to discuss the future of sport as an intervention tool amongst at-risk individuals.

Presented by BBC Journalist Mary Rhodes, the event welcomed a range of expert speakers, including Derbyshire PCC Hardyal Dhindsa, MHFA CEO Poppy Jaman, Assistant Chief Constable for Merseyside Julie Cooke and Youth Justice Board Chief Executive Colin Allars.

Following a round of informative opening speeches, delegates were divided into four large ‘break-off’ groups in order to tackle the day’s array of workshops. Topics for discussion included sport’s role in improving mental health and wellbeing, demonstrating improved social impact and advancing cross-sector cooperation. Workshops were led by a mixture of StreetGames staff, sharing their industry-leading insight – as well as various friends and partners from across the wider ‘youth development’ landscape.

Wednesday’s conference followed in the wake of the recent announcement that a new £700k fund had been secured for a two-and-half year Community Safety programme. The main purpose of the event was to discuss how to address this programmes’ four key aims.

  1. To advance the understanding and use of sport as an effective means to tackle youth generated crime and ASB
  2. To create guidelines for effective Early Intervention strategies through best practice assessment
  3. To create a referral framework model that brings together the youth justice and community sport sectors
  4. To support and influence smarter investment into youth & sport prevention activities

StreetGames would like to thank all those that attended this year’s Crime Prevention and Sport Conference, as well as all members of staff, volunteers and guest speakers who helped to make the event such a success. 

Missed out on the event, or need a quick recap? Download the presentation slides below:

Mental Health and Wellbeing (Workshop)

Linking to the Landscape (Workshop)

Proving you're making a difference (Workshop)

Colin Allars' speech

Opening Plenary 

Did you enjoy this event? Then why not consider attending the StreetGames Training and Development Conference, taking place in March 2018. For more information on this national conference and awards event, please follow this link.  

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