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Deputy Commissioner announces funding for grassroots sports charity

A sports charity set up to provide opportunities for young people at risk of criminality has secured community safety funding for another 12 months, it can be revealed.

Deputy Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa agreed to invest £35,000 from his grant scheme towards Sporting Futures – an organisation which develops sporting talent and employment skills within disadvantaged communities.  PCC Alan Charles is a Patron of Sporting Futures and therefore handed the decision process to the Deputy Commissioner.

The charity was set up in 1994 and delivers four core functions: outreach community sport, one-to-one mentoring, volunteering experience and leadership training, all of which have been developed in partnership with a host of agencies including the Youth Service, Connexions, local authorities, the County Sport Partnership and Derbyshire Constabulary.

One of the priorities of the scheme is to prevent young people from engaging in antisocial behaviour – one of the chief goals of the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan. It also seeks to address criminality through prevention and early intervention, helping young people to gain skills and confidence and become proactive in their futures.

Announcing the continuation of the funding, the Deputy Commissioner said: “Sporting Futures reaches a tremendous number of youngsters considering its modest operating costs and represents real value for money for the public. Many youngsters who have used the sports or learning facilities have gone on to carve positive futures for themselves which do not involve crime or anti-social behaviour which has benefits for society as a whole.

“We know that to achieve our overall goals of lower crime rates and improved outcomes for disadvantaged young people, these kinds of projects must be sustained in the long-term which is why we have committed further funding for another 12 months.”

Will Turner, Sporting Futures’ Operations Director said: “This grant will allow us to continue our contribution to the reduction of anti-social behaviour and crime across Derbyshire and to provide a sporting future for young people. There are thousands of young people with the odds stacked against them and we believe that with this grant we can help to reduce their risk of offending through engagement, diversionary activity and giving them a helping hand to improve their lives and the communities in which they live.”

Working with other partners from across the city and county Sporting Futures aims to deliver opportunities for positive outcomes to at least 550 young people aged 11- 25 by providing them with the opportunity for volunteering, education, employability and training through sport participation.

Last year (Ap 2014 – Mar 2015):

  • Calls for service in relation to anti-social behaviour from April 2014 to March 2015 went down by 1408 calls, with Sporting Futures’ work contributing to those areas where reductions had been made.
  • There have been 300 different qualifications gained by young people that Sporting Futures has been working alongside. It has provided coaching qualifications, Sports Leadership awards, National Governing Body Level 1 and 2, First Aid and umpiring and officiating awards.
  • Over 100 young people have been engaged to formally volunteer
  • 24 young people have been placed in one to one mentoring placements that were at risk of offending or returning from an offending institute and of those 19 have remained with the organisation for six months or more, meaning it considers them successful placements.

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Media Enquiries:  Sallie Blair 01283 821012 / 07702 541401

Posted on Thursday 23rd April 2015
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