A critical review of the role of sport/physical activity in preventing anti-social behaviour among young people: a case study of the Teenbridge youth project
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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This research study addresses the idea that sport/physical activity can have an effect on the prevention of anti-social behaviour and crime among young people. The Research study carried out on the Teenbridge Youth Project included four semi-structured interviews looking to establish the role of the sport/physical activity that they provided. Several roles and values of sport/physical activity came out of the interviews with the main ones including: the use of physical activity as a diversion; developing young people using role models; sport not seen in isolation and empowerment and ownership. What became apparent during the interviews was that the community was often confused about what actually equated to anti-social behaviour. Other ongoing challenges also emerged such as: a problem with engaging girls; catering for the young people during times of the year when weather is bad and nights get dark early and the potential to use younger workers or peer role models to relate to the young people better. Empowerment was identified as an important aspect of such projects. A ladder of empowerment model was incorporated into a larger model to show the process by which such projects should look to include empowerment in their design.
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