Football over crime
In South African townships, where there are high levels of violence and crime, young people can easily be enticed to join gangs and get involved in crime. Khayelitsha Township in Cape Town is no exception. As is the case across much of Africa, football is played and watched with great enthusiasm. As South Africa hosts the African Cup of Nations tournament.
“Every child should be expected to do at least an hour a week of constructive after-school activities,” says Julia Margo, Senior Research Fellow with the IPPR. table and darts board can be corrupting. A study
by the University of London’s Institute of Education for the It concluded giving young people a place to hang out without organised activities, or effective supervision, is damaging. Young people not only need places to go but things to do, the report said.
Youths in Britain are more likely to drink, take drugs, have sex, join gangs and get into fights than almost anywhere else in Europe, new figures show.
Youth funding from unclaimed cash. Just hanging out at a club can have a detrimental impact on young people’s lives, making them more likely to smoke, drink and become teenage parents, according to Published by the Institute recent study, also by the IPPR. for Public Policy Research (IPPR), they come just as the One well-respected youth government announces its worker who agrees that chilnew 10-year youth strategy dren need more than just a to tackle teenage delinquen- building in which to meet is cy which calls for a youth Mick Jelley. He has run Bury club in every neighbourhood. Amateur Boxing Club for over 40 years on a voluntary basis. The lack of “somewhere to go in the evening” is a stock grievance among many teenagers and often cited as a reason for them going off the rails. But research shows simply giving them a base to meet and socialise can do more harm than good. THE ANSWER Research suggest they can if structured activities are offered to youngsters
Organized sport programs contribute to reducing youth crime by giving young people a positive identity, feelings of empowerment and by helping youth acquire leadership, teamwork and self-governance skills under adult supervision. (Youth Sport vs. Youth Crime, 2008)
that participate in sports are less likely to use drugs, engage in sexual activity, start smoking and, if they do smoke, are more likely to quit (Promoting the Benefits of Sport: A Collection of Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Reports, 2005)
Sport is also used as a rehaSports help prevent drug and bilitation tool for offenders, alcohol abuse, and children as there exists a widespread
belief in the therapeutic value of sport. (A Case for Sport: A research summary highlighting the personal and societal benefits of sport participation in Canada, 2008)
Association football is a national sport in England, where the first modern set of rules for the code were established in 1863, which were a major influence on the development of the modern Laws of the Game. With over 40,000 association football clubs, England has more clubs involved in the code than any other country. England is home to, amongst others, the world’s oldest association football club (Sheffield F.C.), the world’s oldest professional association football club (Notts County F.C), the oldest national governing body (The Football Association), the first national team, the oldest national knockout competition (the FA Cup) and the oldest national league (The Football League). Today England’s top domestic league, the Premier League, is one of the most popular and richest sports leagues in the world, and is home to some of the world’s most famous football clubs, including Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Kishan Jagatia Editorial November 2013 Copyright