Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab swapped his smart shoes for trainers at a school in North London. The event saw him hail sport as vital in “turning young lives around” following the launch of a new fund for grassroots organisations.
The fund will be accessible to more than 200 grassroots organisations across England and Wales for targeted local sports schemes. The Government’s £5 million Youth Justice fund is designed to prevent vulnerable young people from falling into crime and anti-social behaviour.
Youth crime costs the taxpayer £1.5 billion a year, and research points to adult offenders often receiving their first caution as a young person. Deputy Prime Minister Raab launched the fund at ThruLife, founded by Richard Allicock, who was also in attendance.
StreetGames and the Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice support the project. On the day, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab added:
“Sport has the power to boost confidence, build resilience and teach discipline, and evidence suggests sports can be effective in reducing offending among young people. That’s why we’re supporting over 200 organisations across England and Wales to encourage more young people to engage with sport and stay away from crime.”
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