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Fearless Football Festival

by Emily van der Lely in Devizes, England, United Kingdom

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On 21st September 2021 we successfully raised £57 with 2 supporters in 32 days

Fearless Football Festival; under 13's tournament for young people to come together, play and learn about reporting crime via

by Emily van der Lely in Devizes, England, United Kingdom

1630425432_footy_boys.jpgThe 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. 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, 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, 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  



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£50 Reward

This reward would enable an outdoor awareness banner to be created, printed and placed in a high footfall location at Wiltshire FA, which will be seen by hundreds of young people and their supporters.

£25 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£25 Reward

Provide young people with light refreshments/treats during the Fearless Football Festival

£100 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£100 Reward

This reward would enable the creation of Fearless Football Match Coins to be made and used for each Fearless Football game.

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

500 Reward

This reward would enable the creation, print and distribution of Fearless Football resources for each participating young person to take away with them.

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