Young Lives Matter
Achievement Through Football delivered a weekly weeknight football project utilising the local park and local coaches. They combined this with input support from a Gangsline trainer, providing awareness of gang affiliation and knife crime.
Warrior Square is an economically disadvantaged area in the heart of Southend-on-Sea with a high level of crime. The community had been hit by an increase in knife carrying by young people that led to the death of a popular young person from the community. The project helped change the culture of the local park space at Warrior Square around the positive activity.
Active Essex used satellite club funding to introduce this project to the community, by working with Stuart Long. Stuart, from South Essex Homes and founder of Achievement Through Football, has excellent local community knowledge and worked alongside a number of partnerships to bring together the support needed to launch this initiative.