ESSEX SPORT AND YOUTH CRIME PREVENTION PROJECT
Delivering ground-breaking new sport and youth crime project across Essex.
This new project establishes the Foundation as the lead organisation in Essex for using sport to prevent youth crime and violence.
The Foundation will use the new funding to deliver a first of its kind project in Essex which will bring together the criminal justice system and the community sport system to work together so sport is used in a quality assured way to prevent young people from becoming engaged in youth crime and violence. The project will initially work with the Police, Violence and Vulnerability Unit, Youth Offending Teams and twenty-one community sport organisations to deliver the project.
Currently, over 64,000 children and young people are living in poverty throughout our county and anti-social behaviour is by far the highest rated crime across Essex, which is significantly above the country’s average.
The project will initially focus on the high youth crime and violence areas of Basildon, Chelmsford, Southend, Thurrock, Harlow, Colchester, Clacton, and Canvey Island.
The long-term plan is to ensure that the Essex criminal justice system is using sport regularly to prevent youth crime and violence, and that the Foundation network of over 100 locally trusted organisations is delivering the sport to a high quality.