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Plymouth StreetGames pilot marks anniversary and considers next steps

Almost 100 young people from Plymouth have been referred to a pilot project which aims to divert them from crime or antisocial behaviour.

Plymouth StreetGames pilot marks anniversary and considers next steps

At an event in the city tomorrow (28 October), Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez will join those responsible for its delivery to discuss progress, learning and next steps.

The StreetGames project, funded by the Commissioner, started in November 2020 and will run for at least 18 months.

Of the 99 referrals up to mid-October, 69 were boys and 30 girls, the majority (41) being in the 10-13 age group.

They come from over 40 different areas of Plymouth and are given the opportunity, often for the first time, to take part in football, surfing, free running, street dance/arts, skateboarding, mountain biking, trampolining and boxing.

“This pilot is being delivered as part my serious violence programme and is overseen by representatives from the police, youth offending, Plymouth City Council and StreetGames nationally,” said Commissioner Hernandez.

“Reducing serious violence is a priority in my new Police and Crime Plan and better partnership working through projects like this, is vital to its success.

“For it to be truly successful all partners must work together to prevent and reduce violence in all its forms, to support young people and divert them away from crime.”

Mark Lawrie from StreetGames said: “Community sport reaches deep into our communities by providing positive activities for thousands of children and young people every week. Sport encourages young people to identify what they are good at, to work towards a goal and to overcome negative influences in their lives.

“Community sport programmes also help young people to improve their self-confidence, develop better relationships with the people around them and to move away from criminal or anti-social behaviour.”