A sports charity which helps divert youngsters away from a life of crime has been awarded £35,000 to expand its services within disadvantaged communities.
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has agreed to provide Sporting Futures with a grant from his Community Safety Fund in 2013-14 to boost the work it undertakes to reduce anti-social behaviour and offer diversionary activities to youngsters at risk of offending.
Sporting Futures was a previous recipient of Home Office Community Safety Funding. This has now been replaced by the Community Safety Fund which is provided to PCCs to allocate according to the priorities contained within their Police and Crime Plan.
The charity was set up in 1994 and has considerable experience working with disadvantaged young people and communities, especially those at risk of entering the criminal justice system and getting involved in anti-social behaviour. Sporting Futures has four core areas of work; outreach community sport, one-to-one mentoring, developing volunteers and leadership training, all of which have been developed in partnership with a host of agencies including Derbyshire Constabulary, Youth Service, Connextions, Local Authorities and County Sport Partnership. Results
The grant received by the charity will help fund a Community Sports Development Officer with a small budget for facility hire, coaching costs and equipment. It is hoped through youth engagement and the recruitment of young volunteers, more youngsters at risk of offending will gain qualifications and choose a new life path.
Commissioner Charles, said: “Sporting Futures is a great example of how we can inspire young people to carve a better life for themselves, simply through encouragement and offering positive role models. Sport helps to instil confidence and self-esteem as well as give youngsters a sense of pride, all of which are key motivators to study and find employment. It also enables them to resist the pressures and temptations of peers to take part in harmful behaviour whether this is alcohol or drug abuse or anti-social behaviour.
“The charity has already turned many young people’s lives around and this has had an equally positive effect on the community, with fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour and lower crime rates.
“These kinds of diversionary projects have a much greater impact if they are continuous and this funding will ensure more disadvantaged young people in Derbyshire can experience the gratification of channelling energy into sport.”
Editor Note: Commissioner Alan Charles is a Patron of Sporting Futures and Chief Constable Mick Creedon is Chair of the Trustees – both declared an interest before the item was discussed.
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Posted on Tuesday 25th June 2013