Crime Prevention through Sport Fund

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. Area's we are keen to receive applications from this year are Bridgwater, Yeovil and Taunton as well as Frome, Glastonbury, Street, Chard, Wellington and Minehead.

Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) are proud to be working in partnership with Wesport 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 for a second year following the success of the projects last year and we wish to create new opportunities to engage young people in positive activities."

The constabulary have committed a total of £50,000 to be shared across the Avon and Somerset area.

This partnership will support, asses 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:

Phase 1 – May 2022

  • Applications open on Friday 6th May 2022
  • Deadline for applications is noon Monday 6th June 2022

Please review the documents below to find out more and to submit an application.

Contact Laura Dyke for any further information on the fund via

For projects in Bristol, North Somerset, BANES and South Gloucestershire contact Ruth Glanvill via

If you are looking to run a project aiming to reduce violence, crime and anti-social behaviour, however not through sport then you can apply for funding through the OPCC Commissioner's Crime Prevention Fund with Somerset Community Foundation.

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    Somerset CCG
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
  • Channel Adventure
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK