The young people of today are the leaders, teachers and role models of tomorrow. However, many bright futures are being cut short in the face of drugs, violence and gangs.
The Covid-19 pandemic has reduced young peoples ability to mix socially, play sports and all the 'normal' activities across the last 18 months. This work is designed bring young people back together using the power of football.
Today, a significant number of young people are being lured into street crime and gang activity. Last year, it was reported that a knife or blade was used in a crime every 16 minutes. With over 2,300 victims of knife crime aged 18 or under, it’s time we broke the cycle of violent crime impacting our young people, their families and their communities.
Fearless.org is our youth service aimed at 11-16 year old's. It is tasked with increasing awareness of the dangers surrounding street crime, drugs and violence. Armed with a belief in the power of prevention and intervention, Fearless.org aims to help our future generations navigate a safe path to adulthood.
'County lines' exploits children and young people, which not only effects their lives but has a ripple effect onto their families and communities. Children as young as seven-years-old are groomed and coerced into trafficking drugs by criminal gangs around the country. More locally, Wiltshire Police caught a 12 year old being the youngest person in possession of an offensive weapon and on a separate occasion caught a 14 year old dealing class A drugs.
This project aims to reach to educate Wiltshire (and Swindon) young people (aged between 12 - 13 years old) on Fearless.org, through the use of sport. It will also reach their supporters (siblings, friends, families and/or guardians) and linked trusted adults e.g. coaches.
The funding ask for this project will go towards:
- The creation of indoor and outdoor resources for around the Wiltshire FA headquarters premises, which will be seen by not only those attending the Fearless Football event but also the hundreds of Wiltshire (and Swindon) young people and their supporters who access the facility.
- Raising awareness of the tournament through digital and local communication channels
- Provision of branded resources for all of the participating young people to take away and keep
- Supporting the facilitation and delivery of the tournament
The Crimestoppers Wiltshire and Swindon Committee and Regional Manager aim to use this Fearless Football Tournament as a pilot to this then being made into an annual event.
Your support will make a HUGE difference