Avon and Somerset Police launch new Crime Prevention Through Sport fund in partnership with Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) and The West of England Sport Trust (Wesport).
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.
Together the partners are invested in supporting projects that thoroughly consider all the aims of the fund and those who are future proofing their work to leave a lasting support for the communities they work with.
Avon and Somerset Police lead for serious violence, Superintendent James Raphael said: “We recognise that whilst enforcement will always play a vital role in the work we do, this isn’t the only answer to the issue of serious violence. There are a number of complex issues that might lead a young person to becoming involved in serious violence, and part of our response has always included a programme of education, engagement and diversionary activities targeting those young people most at risk. We’re delighted to be working with Wesport and SASP to launch this fund which will create a wide range of opportunities to engage young people in positive activities.”
Working collaboratively with the Police, both SASP and Wesport who fulfil the roles of Active Partnerships for the respective areas see this partnership as a longer-term relationship. Sport being used purposefully as a tool to engage young people in positive behaviour is a key focus for both Active Partnerships.
Chief Executive of Wesport Steve Nelson said: "We are pleased to be working with Avon and Somerset Police and our neighbouring Active Partnership on this exciting programme to help ensure Crime Prevention Funding through Sport can have a positive impact across Avon and Somerset."
Jane Knowles, Chief Executive Officer for SASP said: “Sport can be such a key part of a happy and healthy childhood. It can support young people to have more positive outcomes and attitudes in their lives and help prevent and lessen risky behaviour by young people by providing safe, belonging and supportive environments; positive role models and friends; and a focus during difficult times in their lives. We are delighted to work on this in collaboration with such enthusiastic partners.”
For more information about the fund and to download an application pack please visit the following links: