Crime Prevention Through Sport Fund

The Crime Prevention Through Sport Fund is now closed.

For most young people, offending is transitory but for a small group of young people this behaviour can be ingrained and pervasive. There is a lack of consensus about the reasons for offending but the link with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is increasingly seen as significant.

The Crime Prevention Through Sport Fund aims to support projects that use sport and physical activity to reduce violence, crime and anti-social behaviour.  This fund is for projects that focus on using activity as a tool to engage and support young people up to the age of 25. Applications that use sport in its widest sense including traditional, informal sports and activities will be considered and encouraged to apply.

Wesport are proud to be working in partnership with Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) to deliver the Crime Prevention through Sport Fund commissioned by Avon & Somerset Constabulary. Together this partnership will endeavour to support projects that have a considered approach to supporting young people who are involved or are at risk of being involved in criminal activity.

Avon and Somerset Police lead for serious violence, Superintendent James Raphael said:

We are delighted to be continuing our partnership work alongside Wesport and SASP and to be offering funding once more. Whilst enforcement remains an important part of policing, diversion, and intervention and ultimately prevention is by far the better way to tackle serious violence. By ensuring a wide range of opportunities to engage young people in positive activities we hope to be able to support those who would otherwise become the victim of or involved in criminality."

The constabulary have committed a total of £50,000.00 to be shared across the Avon and Somerset area.

This partnership will support, assess and award funding to projects that can demonstrate that their offer to young people and the structure of their interventions are considered around the people they aim to target and consider that young person’s whole environment.

Please ensure your project is supporting young people in the priority areas listed below.

Areas of Delivery

  • North - Henbury; Lawrence Weston; Lockleaze; Southmead; Hillfields
  • East - Fishponds; St Pauls; Easton; Barton Hill; Lawrence Hill 
  • South - Hartcliffe; Knowle West 
Bath & North East Somerset 
  • Keynsham; Bath City Centre; Whiteway & Twerton; Midsomer Norton; Paulton 
North Somerset 
  • Weston-Super-Mare
South Gloucestershire 
  • Patchway; Kingswood; Staple Hill 


  • Bridgwater  
  • Street
  • Chard
  • Wellington 
  • Minehead 
  • Taunton 
  • Yeovil 
  • Frome
  • Glastonbury 

The following organisations are being funded by the 2023 Crime Prevention through Sport Fund.

  • Baskerville School of Gymnastics

This club offers freestyle gymnastic opportunities for all levels and abilities, delivering to over 250 children aged between 6 and 17 years. There are also opportunities for young people to become group leaders and then progress to become a qualified Gymnastics Coach.

  • Creative Youth Network

CYN delivers developmental youth work to young people in Bristol's Hillfields area. Their work targets 11 to 19 years, most in need of support and early intervention for those at risk of exclusion, discrimination or involvement in crime/community conflict.

  • Crewkerne Boxing Club

This boxing club travels around the country for training and competitions, including helping out in their local community in Somerset. They are creating more opportunities for club to club training to allow members to experience different cultures and further educate coaches.

  • Downend Youth Boxing Foundation

Downend is based in Hillfields and Speedwell, providing a safe, healthy environment where 150 young people from all culturally diverse backgrounds enjoy qualified voluntary coaching and a cohesive integration programme in a great facility open to them regardless of their financial situation.

  • Hardknox Boxing Club

This boxing club supports young people aged 8-18 years old to help focus their time in the community. The sessions introduce young people using 1:1 interventions and small group activities to lead them in the right direction and make them feel part of a team.

  • Hartcliffe BMX Club

This club offers access to BMX bikes and positive role modelling enforcing rules surrounding the use of the bikes and track to ensure they are fully inclusive. They also offer events such as time trials and have a school outreach programme targeting local primary schools.

  • In The Mix

In The Mix are delivering DofE Bronze award to Year 9 students in Wellington/Taunton area as they are aware of the local need in these areas with this age group. This gives participants, who are at high risk of exclusion, a qualification to aim for.

  • Krunch South West

Krunch supports young people through the provision of open access youth clubs, mentoring and their personal development programme. They also offer a young volunteer programme giving young people the opportunity to volunteer at youth clubs and receive a accreditation.

  • Langport and Huish Episcopi Youth Group

This group are addressing key aims by holding boxing lessons in their youth centre. Sessions take place in their community and are linked with outreach youth work, helping break down barriers with their targeted group and wider community.

  • Sporting Weston F.C.

Sporting Weston provide people the opportunity to be involved in football regardless of income and background. They are provided with football and life skills and made to feel part of a community, improving physical and mental wellbeing.

  • Trojan Education Centre

This centre offers a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy, a ground-based form of self-defence incorporating boxing and pad-work. They also offering mentoring and well-being sessions.

  • Working Young CIC

Working Young run bike mechanics courses for young people where they receive in-depth tuition from a professional bicycle mechanic and support from youth workers. Their reflection sessions use coaching techniques to raise awareness of skills development, explore barriers and commit young people to goals.

  • Yeovil Boxing

Westfield Academy is developing a Boxing Club for students. They financially support students to access club sport, making sure all young people get the opportunity to take part in boxing.

  • Young Bristol

Young Bristol have worked in the Keynsham area to use the Youth Club On Wheels to take positive activities and support for young people at risk of becoming involved with crime or anti-social behaviour. The activities build resilience and skills of young people through teamwork and commitment.

  • Youth Moves

Youth Moves support young people aged 8-25 years across South Bristol. Their projects enable young people to reach their full potential using sport activities to help positive actions, provide early interventions and prevent offending.