StreetGames work over the 2020/21 You Vs Train Campaign period was focused on educating and raising the awareness of the Campaigns key safety messages with young people from within 43 trespass hot spot areas across England, Wales & Scotland. StreetGames provides support to a network of partners who have existing relationships with young people through sport & physical activity sessions in the most disadvantaged communities in the UK.

In August 2019, StreetGames was awarded funding from the Home Office: Early Intervention Youth Fund to deliver the ‘Sport and Serious Violence’ programme. The aim of the programme was to use sports-based volunteering and effective coach mentoring to tackle the drivers of serious youth violence. This programme was designed as an extension to the StreetGames ‘Safer Together Through Sport’ which aimed to develop insight-led referral pathways between youth justice services and trusted community sport providers.

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic affected all our lives, hundreds of thousands of young people in our poorest communities were struggling. They were struggling with poorer physical and mental health, compared with their wealthier peers.

Learn more about Social Prescribing here.

This Social Prescribing programme involves four pilots on which we have based the report below. 

Over the School Summer holidays of 2020 StreetGames successfully delivered a seven-week holiday activity programme in Newcastle. However, this year was not without its challenges due to the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic. It was quickly realised that the original plan drawn up would have to change and there would be many challenges to overcome.

Click here to view the full 2020 report.

In 2020, Sport England launched the Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF), which forms part of a £210 million support package to help the sport and physical activity sector throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. To date 93 Locally Trusted Organisations (LTOs) from within the StreetGames Network have accessed Tackling Inequalities Funding. This has supported LTOs to re-engage young people from Lower Socio-Economic Groups – with funding predominantly aiming to support additional staff costs, equipment, venue hire and training for a period of six months.

National sports data shows that the most popular activities amongst adults throughout life are typically ‘solo’ or ‘individual’ activities such as going to the gym, swimming, running and cycling; activities which can also be very popular amongst young people. To help young people from disadvantaged areas to gain experience, knowledge, skills and confidence in these activities, StreetGames – through the Sport England funded Doorstep Sport Club programme, developed CLUB1. Since 2014 over 270 CLUB1 DSCs have been set up which focus on introducing young people to a range of solo sports.

This document presents a Theory of Change which outlines how and why sport can impact on enhancing positive outcomes for vulnerable young people within the context of youth offending and serious youth violence. The Theory of Change is based on academic insight and theory. It has been developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.

 

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