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SPORT CAN CHANGE LIVES say Nacro and Sport England NW.

Mentors are needed to tackle social exclusion through sport. Nacro, the crime reduction charity, has joined forces with Sport England NW to launch an exciting new Sport Inclusion Project in Greater Manchester this summer. It is now recruiting paid mentors to help change local lives through sport.

The project is mainly funded through a £169,000 award from Sport England. It aims to tackle issues of social exclusion amongst disadvantaged young people by increasing their access to sports and leisure activities. The project will also provide opportunities for volunteering and learning.

Mentors are needed to help the young people, aged 13 to 18, to access the facilities and support them coming into sports clubs. Many of the young people involved will have experienced difficulties at school or been in trouble for their behaviour, and will require additional support. The clubs will also get support. Paid mentors are adults (aged 18 and over) from a wide range of backgrounds, with an interest in helping young people and improving local communities. By encouraging young people and their families into sports and volunteering Nacro aims to reduce antisocial behaviour and crime across Greater Manchester. Nacro provides training and support to the team of Mentors.

Stewart Kellett, Regional Director Sport England NW said: “Sport England’s work with local authorities, clubs and Nacro shows us the power of sport to help changes lives and communities. If you’re into sport and supporting your community then becoming a mentor is a worthwhile and exciting new job opportunity.”

The project is funded by Sport England with additional funding from the Department of Health and Lancashire MAPS.
Project mentors will play a vital role in the success of this project. They will provide first-hand support to the young people, helping them to get involved in sports clubs and encouraging their personal development. The mentors will also support the clubs in learning to become more inclusive.

Luke French, Nacro’s Sports Inclusion Officer, said:
“This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to make a positive difference in the lives of disadvantaged young people and to improve their local community. Project mentors are essential for the success of this project – by supporting the young people, their families and the sports clubs. We are now recruiting for mentors across Greater Manchester so please get in touch for more information.”

To apply or for more information contact Luke French, Sports Inclusion Officer, on 01524 596552 or 07771 661063.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. This project, which will roll-out across the Northwest, is managed by Nacro, the crime reduction charity, in partnership with Sport England. The project is funded by Sport England and the police.

2. Nacro runs more than 50 youth projects in England & Wales, working with more than 25,000 children and young people each year. The projects focus on those who are at risk of offending and/or may have been victims of crime.

3. Nacro, the national crime reduction charity, works with disadvantaged people, deprived communities and ex-offenders to give them a positive stake in society. It has unrivalled expertise in developing practical responses to crime and stimulating fresh thinking on how best to reduce it through policy, research and campaign work. Nacro runs preventive projects to steer young people away from crime, provides housing, education and employment programmes for ex-offenders and people at risk of offending, resettles prisoners into the community and works with families and communities to prevent crime. Every year Nacro works directly with over 85,000 people and many more benefit from our work with local, regional and national partners to help reduce crime.

To find out more and for access to online information resources, please visit: www.nacro.org.uk

Sport England is a non-departmental public body and National Lottery distributor. We are committed to creating a world class community sports development system and increasing participation in sport. Sport England has been a statutory consultee on planning applications affecting playing fields since August 1996. We object to any application that is detrimental to sport, unless alternative provision of at least equivalent value is found elsewhere.

Issued on behalf of SPORT ENGLAND NW and NACRO.

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