Teenage Kicks: The value of sport in tackling youth crime

Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00 Neveill,C. Poorvliet,M. Sport and Community Safety

We all know that sport is great. It makes us physically fitter, stronger and healthier; it is fun, sociable and, almost without us knowing, it has the ability to make us more confident, resilient and happy. Few would argue against these benefits.

However, what seems to be harder to accept is the potential that the power of sport has to create real and lasting social change. Despite evidence to the contrary, sport continues to be viewed by the majority as a nice-to-have rather than an effective mechanism to overcome some of the most pressing social challenges faced by individuals and communities all over the world. Whilst it is important to invest in sport for entertainment and leisure purposes, it is equally important to recognise and invest in sport as a mechanism for social change. At the moment, this is not being done nearly enough.

This report assesses the economic value of three sports projects aimed at tackling gang violence and youth crime in the UK. Each project is using sport to reach out to and engage young people at different stages along the criminal pathway.

The results of the study clearly demonstrate that sport is not only a successful mechanism; it is also a cost-effective way to
tackle the problem of youth crime and gang violence.

By working together and realising the potential power of sport, we can break the cycle of violence in the UK once and for all.

Daley Thompson





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Editor's comments - [  Youth crime and antisocial behaviour cost government at least £4bn a year. One in five young people reports being involved in crime and antisocial behaviour, and there are around 75,000 new entrants into the youth justice system every year. Sports projects are one potential contributory in tackling this problem claims this Laureus document, they say that everyone can benefit from playing sport, but it can make a particular difference to young people who are difficult to engage in other ways. Youth crime and gang membership are complex issues, this report looks at community sport projects designed to engaged marginalised young people.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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