New sports fund to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in South Yorkshire

Dr Alan Billings
Dr Alan Billings

Sport is to be used to try to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in South Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Sport Foundation’s ‘Sport for Change’ fund gives grants of up to £1,000 to 11-18 year-olds taking part in sporting activities during the school summer holidays.

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings has donated to the fund, which is aimed at encouraging people to keep busy and get fit.

South Yorkshire Police said there traditionally a peak in anti-social behaviour during the school break in July and August.

Nigel Harrison, chief executive of Yorkshire Sport Foundation, said: “We know the positive impact sport can make on people’s lives and the communities they live in.

"We’re delighted to be working with the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner to get more young people using their time positively during the summer holidays."

Dr Billings said: “This funding is aimed at providing young people with activities throughout the summer break.

“Long days with no school can often mean there is very little to do for those who like to stay busy and active.

"The initiative is targeted at organisations providing fun and healthy activities that will also keep young people out of any mischief.

“I would encourage any organisations from Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield providing activities, or who are looking to set up targeted activities in their area to apply.”

For further information and to find out how to apply visit www.yorkshiresport.org/sportforchange or call 0330 2020 280.

Applications close at 4pm on Thursday, June 15.