SportFX is part of the Football Mash Up sessions that Sheffield & Hallamshire CFA run and coordiante across the region.
Working in partnership with South Yorkshire Police latest figures show that a sports project for young people can have a positive impact on anti-social behaviour within communities.
SportFX South Yorkshire (SY) currently engages with more than 50,000 young people every year through free football, boxing and dancing sessions across the county.
The scheme teaches ten to 19-year-olds about teamwork, discipline, self-esteem and communication. There is also an opportunity for them to work towards a recognised qualification.
A recent report looked at incidents of youth-related anti-social behaviour in a 1km radius around the six most established venues. It showed reductions of up to 74 per cent around five of the six venues over a period covering October 2013 to September 2015.
The statistics compare figures from October 2013 to September 2014 and October 2014 to September 2015.
Horizon Community College: 38 incidents dropped to 21 (45 per cent reduction), Sir Thomas Wharton Community College: 104 dropped to 27 (74 per cent), Clifton Community School: 207 dropped to 157 (24 per cent), Firth Park Academy: 173 dropped to 130 (25 per cent), Fir Vale Academy Trust: 370 incidents dropped to 183 (51 per cent)and Dinnington High School: 83 rose to 116 (39 per cent increase).
Police Community Support Officer Craig Butcher is the head of SportFXSY for South Yorkshire Police and its partners. He said: “While we cannot say that the reductions are fully attributable to SportFXSY, it is a good sign that our sessions are having an impact.
“The focus of SportFXSY however is engagement and positive changes in the behaviour of the young people who take part. The relationships we have developed are one of the most successful aspects of the project.
SportFXSY started out in 2010 to address anti-social behaviour in parts of Barnsley. Run in partnership with Barnsley Football Club’s Community Trust, the project contributed to a 50 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour in the Dearne area in its first year alone.
In 2013, the project expanded across South Yorkshire in partnership with Sheffield & Hallamshire County Football Association (S&HCFA) to become what it is today boasting World Cup referee Howard Webb as one of its ambassadors.
Now, there are 28 sessions are running at 18 schools thanks to on-going support from sponsors S&HCFA, England Boxing and South Yorkshire Sport.
For a full list of sessions visit www.southyorkshire.police.uk/about-us/what-sportfx-south-yorkshire/sportfx-sessions.
If you would like more information about the Mash Up projectand SportFX please contact Mark Wozniak by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 0114 261 5515