Sports projects are highly effective when it comes to tackling youth crime and anti-social behaviour and can save the government money, according to an important new report to be published on March 17.
The report “Teenage Kicks” was commissioned by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and produced by charity think tank and consultancy New Philanthropy Capital (NPC).
One project, The Boxing Academy in Tottenham, costs half as much as a Pupil Referral Unit and has lower re-offending rates amongst the young people it works with, says the report.
Youth crime and anti-social behaviour cost the government at least £4 billion a year and report author Camilla Nevill says: “Cuts to sport and youth projects are a false economy. For example, we found that one project creates £7 value for every £1 invested, by reducing costs to victims, police, prisons and courts.”
Laureus promotes the use of sport for social change. Currently it supports 83 sports-based projects worldwide. Since its inception Laureus has raised more than €40 million for community sports projects which have helped to improve the lives of more than one-and-a-half million young people.
All print and broadcast media are invited to attend the launch where Tanni Grey-Thompson, James Brokenshire MP, the Minister for Crime Prevention, and Camilla Nevill will be available for interview.
The launch is on Thursday, March 17, at 1.30pm, at Lilian Baylis Old School, Lollard St, London SE11 6TY
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