Power of Sport to Tackle Youth Crime

Published on: February 15th 2023

A NEW initiative in Northamptonshire is set to tackle youth crime through the power of sport.

Trilogy Active led a multi-agency partnership to successfully receive £20,000 worth of funding as part of an initiative by the Ministry of Justice.

The Charitable Trust worked with West Northamptonshire Council, Northamptonshire Police, Northants Basketball, Northants International Academy and Thomas Becket Catholic School, as well as Free2Talk and Youth Inspired, to make the programme a reality.

Managing Director of Trilogy Active, John Fletcher said: “We are delighted to receive this funding which will make a real difference to young people in Northampton.

“This partnered approach will be critical to the success of the programme, and it will allow us to be really targeted and offer more than just a sport intervention with opportunities for personal development through youth mentoring.

“Young people are at the heart of this programme, and we value the role local sports projects such as this can play in transforming the lives of vulnerable young people.”

Voluntary and community sports organisations across the country were able to bid for a portion of the £5M fund, which will allow them to carry out targeted work supporting young people who are at risk of entering the criminal justice system.

Trilogy Active is using the funding to support a 3-month programme of free Sports and Youth mentoring at four sites across Northampton: Kingsthorpe, Thomas Becket Catholic School, Northampton International Academy and Thorplands.

“The programme will be delivered in partnership with Youth worker organisations Free2Talk and Youth Inspired, who will lead a mentoring programme and offer 1:1 support for the young people that attend,” John added.

“The sessions are free to attend and targeted towards people aged 10-17 and at risk of being involved in anti-social behaviour using sport as the driving force to promote engagement.”