Sports: Young People

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 25th June 2019.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the press release of 1 April 2019 entitled Government to harness power of sport to tackle youth violence, what commitment the Government has received from (a) the Premier League on increasing participating in the Premier League Kicks campaign; and how many more children will participate in that scheme, (b) Sport England on increasing participation in crime hotspots; and how many more children will participate in such schemes and (c) sports’ organisations including basketball, boxing and cycling and community-based sports charities on engaging young people in hard to reach areas.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Following the Prime Minister's summit on serious violence in April this year, government has been working with the Premier League, Sport England, National Governing Bodies and other organisations in the sport and physical activity sector to explore what more can be done to use sport and physical activity to tackle serious violence, including knife crime.

Using Sport England insight and Home Office hot spot data, action will be targeted at the areas that need it most. Detail is still being developed and further information will follow over the summer.

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