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Study reveals how sports programmes for young children can combat future youth violence

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A study conducted by Loughborough University has examined how sporting interventions aimed at young children can reduce youth crime and violence in London.

The research explored and analysed programmes specifically aimed at early years children aged 3-7 in the capital and was led by Loughborough London’s Dr Holly Collison-Randall and Professor Aaron Smith and commissioned by the London Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Previous research in the sector has consistently shown the power of leveraging sports as a tool for crime prevention and violence reduction. However, little research has examined interventions targeted at children in an early years settings.