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11 August, 2004

Prince's Trust calls for end to 'no ball games' culture

A survey released today by The Prince's Trust suggests local authorities need to do more to tackle the 'no ball games' culture, and help young people build their confidence, develop skills in order to combat anti-social behaviour.

According to the survey, 92% of adults believe local authorities should create more diversionary activities for young people.

The findings also reveal that 46% of adults thought more young people would get into education, employment and training if courses were linked to professional sports clubs.

87% believed that sport is a good way of keeping young people out of trouble. More than half thought that being involved in team sports is a good way of building confidence.

Many young people are already taking the intiative themselves to lobby for improved facilities.

A group from the Stonebridge Estate in Tottenham is a good example, and was recently highlighted on BBC2's Newsnight. Through the Citizenship Foundation's Youth Act! programme they are working to improve facilities and safety for young people in their area.

Other examples, such as cleaning up an area of West Lonodn for the Fitrovia Football Tournament, can be found in the community action handbook Changing Places.


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