Leicester City footballer Kasper Schmeichel will join Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach to toast the launch of a series of youth sports projects aimed at building self-esteem and cutting crime.
The PCC is investing in seven innovative projects across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland which encourage youngsters to channel their energy into sport and develop a positive mental attitude which will enhance their future prospects.
The grants, which amount to almost £70,000 in total, have been awarded in the latest round of the Commissioner’s Prevention Fund. This fund aims to tackle social problems at a grassroots level and provide practical and emotional support to help people transform their lives for the better.
Organisations which successfully applied for funding in the PCC’s ‘one-off’ sports round, launched in October 2017, include Fusion Lifestyle, Waterfront Sports and Education Academy, ‘KB In the Community’, Goldhill Play Association, The Friends Hub, Leicester Combat Academy (LCA) and Streetvibe.
Representatives from the organisations will visit Leicestershire Police Headquarters in Enderby on Tuesday 6 March where they will meet the PCC, Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel and community safety workers including officers from various Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
Willy Bach said: “As many of these projects show, strong role models – particularly in sport – can influence young people in a positive way and inspire their dreams and aspirations for success which will help them stay out of trouble. These projects help children to become role models themselves and encourage others to do the same. I’m immensely grateful for Leicester City’s support which I know means a great deal to those involved in these projects.”
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Posted on Wednesday 28th February 2018