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A series of sports events and activities have been made possible across Worcestershire through the School and Youth Grant to support their mental wellbeing and prevent involvement in crime in Worcestershire.

More than 250 young people from secondary schools across the county were given the opportunity to take part and find a passion for sport and physical activity, as part of the recently established Safer Worcestershire project – a collaboration between Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and Worcestershire County Council.

Activities included Judo, 5-a-side Football, BMX biking, and a boot camp. 

The sessions were also attended by local officers from West Mercia Police who were able to meet the young people in a positive setting.

To support their mental health and wellbeing and prevent involvement in crime in Worcestershire pupils in Redditch attended a powerful presentation from national anti-violence campaigner Alison Cope, whose son was murdered in the region.

PCC John Campion said: “It is important that young people are given the opportunity to take part in activities, such as sport, to prevent them from coming into contact with the law.

“It’s great to work in partnership with Worcestershire County Council, as part of the Safer Worcestershire project, to deliver programmes such as the School and Youth Grant. This is a brilliant example of our shared commitment to help young people and to address the root causes of crime to improve lives for Worcestershire communities.”

Councillor David Ross, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s really important that we listen to young people’s ideas around healthy living. Engaging with them through sport and physical activity provides a great opportunity to do this and supports both their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

“Turning sport into a regular habit can help a young person develop life skills and achieve more in life. Increasing the time they are exposed to positive influences, allows them to connect with others in a safe environment.

“We have been grateful to work with partners, including the PCC and the School Games Organisers, which have helped to break down barriers and give young people the tools and resources to be confidence and positive members of their community.”