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Crime Prevention Through Sport Fund

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 impact & support for the communities they work with.

“We know sports activities can have a really positive impact on young people, as we have seen in the introduction of Violence Reduction Units in our area.

This fund is an exciting opportunity for local organisations to create new opportunities to engage with young people across Avon and Somerset. I would urge any local organisations with an idea or aspirational project that aims to support young people through sport, exercise and activities to apply, you could make a real difference to young people in our communities.”

PCC Sue Mountstevens

“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.”

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

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.

“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.”

Chief Executive of Wesport Steve Nelson

“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.”

Chief Executive of SASP Jane Knowles

For more information about the fund and to download an application pack please visit: