youngsters from deprived estates.
An innovative project offering artistic and sporting activities to
boost of up to£12m, culture secretary Tessa Jowell announced
The Summer Splash scheme, run by the Youth Justice Board, will
receive the cash from the National Lottery's New Opportunities Fund.
It will enable it to expand almost five-fold this year, from 65
projects for 13 to17 year olds to 300. A further 300 will be set up
on the same estates for 9 to 12 year olds. This will increase more
than seven-fold the numbers able to take part in summer activities in
the street crime areas, from 6,500 to around 48,000.
All the projects, called Splash Extra, will be based on high crime
estates in England as part of the government's strategy for tackling
street crime. They will give youngsters constructive activities to
keep them out of trouble over the holidays. Activities might include
team sports, including football, abseiling, tennis, video making,
drama, music workshops, photography, art classes, journalism, web
design and DJ classes.
Tessa Jowell said:
'The Splash scheme works. On the estates that ran Splash schemes
during summer 2000, there was a 36 per cent reduction in domestic
burglary and an 18 per cent reduction in 'youth crime' in the area.
This compares with a reduction of just six per cent and eight per
cent respectively in similar high crime areas. These schemes don't
cost the Earth either. Each activity costs an average of just #2.87
an hour for each young person. That is amazing value for money when
you consider the social and emotional cost of crime.
'Engaging youngsters in sport or the arts can give them the tools
they need to make a success of their lives and keep them away from
crime. The arts and sport can encourage young people to make choices,
decisions and personal statements, to have enthusiasm, to take risks
and take responsibility.'
Football will play an important part in the Splash schemes. Premier
League chief executive Richard Scudamore said:
'Building on excellent programmes and, of course, the Football
Foundation's commitment to Positive Futures, the Premier League are
now locked into discussions with the Youth Justice Board about how
football clubs can help those young people most at risk of offending.
Already plans are in place to devise a wide range of summer
activities for youngsters through linking up the Summer Splash and
Positive Futures initiatives with football based community
1. Splash has been running since summer 2000.
2. The New Opportunities Fund distributes National Lottery money to
health, education and environment projects across the UK with a
particular focus on disadvantage and improving quality of life. To
date the New Opportunities Fund has committed over£1.3bn in
National Lottery funding to health, education and environment schemes
across the UK. The fund supports sustainable projects that will:
- Improve the quality of life of people throughout the UK
- Address the needs of those who are most disadvantaged in society
- Encourage community participation
- Complement relevant local and national strategies and programmes.
Funding for programmes is divided between England, Scotland, Northern
Ireland and Wales on the basis of population weighted to reflect
levels of deprivation.
3. In August 2001 the NOF launched its£38.75m Activities for
Young People programme in England. Today's announcement complements
this. Northern Ireland's£2.25m pound scheme was launched in
April 2002. The scheme in Wales is due to launch later this year.
This programme has allocated grants to a variety of summer activity
partnerships across England with the aim of opening up opportunities
to school leavers with no firm plans for education or work. Partners
in each of the 47 Connexions areas in England have been awarded
funding for summer activities over the next three years. The funding
will support a range of summer activities including outdoor
adventure, arts, media, vocational training and volunteering; as well
as providing careers guidance and help with CV writing and interview
skills. Projects will involve a combination of local-based daytime
activity and residential courses.