In 2015 Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) ran a 2 year sport and crime prevention programme funded by The Home Office. Partners included 8 other PCCs, Network Rail, and StreetGames as the lead project management agent.  Part of the Youth Crime Reduction and Sport programme was the commissioned evaluation to Loughborough University to identify the top 10 characteristics of community sports interventions, and create an evidence base to support the view that this approach contributes to reducing youth offending and ASB

The objectives over the two years were to:

  • Identify and promote the evidence of good practice resulting from collaborations between the community sport and community safety sectors
  • Encourage PCCs and other agencies to collaborate with local community sport providers
  • Encourage funders, including grant aid regimes in the sports, community safety and charitable sectors, to look favourably upon requests for investment, specifically as co-investors.
  • Advocate the professional education of sports and youth justice workers to include the value of sport to community safety.

More detail on the programme findings can be found here. 


The Safer Together through Sport programme will build upon the progress and findings of the Youth Crime Reduction and Sport Programme by addressing four key aims:

  1. To advance the understand 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 and sport prevention activities

For additional information regarding the Safer Together Through Sport programme, please refer to Briefing Note 1 and Briefing Note 2

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