Crime Prevention through Sport Fund

For most young people, offending is transitory but for a small group of young people this behaviour can be ingrained and pervasive. There is a lack of consensus about the reasons for offending but the link with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is increasingly seen as significant.

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.

Wesport are proud to be working in partnership with Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) to deliver the Crime Prevention through Sport Fund commissioned by Avon & Somerset Constabulary. Together this partnership will endeavour to support projects that have a considered approach to supporting young people who are involved or are at risk of being involved in criminal activity. Avon and Somerset Police lead for serious violence, Superintendent James Raphael said: “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.”

The constabulary have committed a total of £50,000.00 to be shared across the Avon and Somerset area. This partnership will support, assess and award funding to projects that can demonstrate that their offer to young people and the structure of their interventions are considered around the people they aim to target and consider that young person’s whole environment.

The fund will be open for two phases and funding:

  • 1st Phase opens Monday 8th February 2021 and will remain open for 6 weeks until Monday 22nd March

  • 2nd Phase opens on Monday 5th April and closes Monday 17th May 2021

SASP and Wesport will be hosting a funding information session to discuss the aims of the fund and to answer any questions applicants have on Wednesday 24th February 6 – 6:45pm. To register for this event please sign up here: Register for our information event here

Please review the documents in the download section to the right of this page to find out more and to submit an application. Contact Ruth Glanvill for any further information on the fund via

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