Grant to help keep children away from crime

Wednesday, 21 February 2024 13:23

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Grant to help keep children away from crime and on to the court 

A Northamptonshire campaign to encourage children to take up sport rather than knife crime has been awarded £6000 by Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold.

A group of adults and children including police officers and community support officers, outside on a sports court. Some are wearing sports attire, some are holding basketballs. They are in front of a basketball hoop and new and behind a large sign saying

Carry a Basketball, Not a Blade is run by Basketball Northants and uses sport and educational workshops to lead youngsters away from knife crime.


The campaign sees a team led by professional basketball player Andre Arissol go into local schools to deliver both practical and classroom sessions.


The classroom-based sessions teach children about the misconceptions around knife crime when it comes to self-defence and personal protection.


They applied for funding through the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner's Making Northamptonshire Safer Fund and found out that they were successful in January 2024.


Read more, including how to apply for a grant from the 'Making Northamptonshire Safer' fund, on our website:

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Helen Franks
(Northants Office of Police Fire and Crime Commissioner, Social Media Engagement Officer, Northamptonshire)