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Sport is a highly effective way to combat youth crime

Paul Dancey on 28/03/2011

A report commissioned by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation has found that sports schemes can be a 'highly effective' way of combating youth crime and antisocial behaviour, as well as saving taxpayers' money.

The report looked at the results of three community-based schemes, the Boxing Academy in North London, Kickz and 2nd Chance, and found each was successful in reducing youth crime.

Camilla Nevill, author of the report, said: "Cuts to sport and youth projects are a false economy. Sport combined with targeted support has huge potential to engage hard to reach young people, change lives and communities, and provide value for money.

"For example, we found that one Kickz project creates 7 value for every 1 invested, by reducing costs to victims, police, prisons and court."

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson added: "This report has produced evidence which proves that sport in certain circumstances can also be a more cost-effective solution than traditional social means."

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