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Positive Futures

Quality level: 1


Positive Futures aims to engage and work with marginalised young people living in deprived communities. The national project makes use of sport to have a positive influence on individual participants drug use, physical activity and offending behaviour by widening horizons and access to lifestyle, educational and employment opportunities.

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children/young people
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Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, impact evaluation, process evaluation
United Kingdom
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Overall objective

To positively influence young people by widening horizons and access to lifestyle, educational and employment opportunities. It will create opportunities within this to address substance use, offending and physical activity.


Positive Futures is great for people like Danny. Danny was an 'at risk' child, and he was putting others 'at risk' too. He wrecked classrooms, refused to work and hung around with gangs of older children. Positive Futures tapped into his love of football and he has now been selected for a team playing in a national tournament. He also has a certificate for mountain biking and trampoline. His reading skills have improved and so has his relationship with his mother. Krishan Singh was known to the Youth Offending Team when he started becoming involved in Positive Futures. He began by playing football, but went on to coaching. The project helped him to get an FA one level coaching award, the community sports leader award and first aid qualifications. He now helps coach football for Positive Futures. The national programme uses a relationship strategy to engage with young people in deproved areas at risk of, for example, substance use or youth offending. It is based on the principle that engagement through sport and the building of mutual respect can provide cultural 'gateways' to alternative lifestyles. Sports acts as a catalyst for bringing people together in a supportive environment where secure opportunities are provided and participants are encouraged to make decisions for themselves. It is delivered through 107 local partnership projects in England and Wales (with 37 new projects in 2003/04). Various agencies such as local authorities, sports clubs and crime reduction agencies, lead the local and regional projects. Each one if based on the provision of locally appropriate and culturally attuned sports and engagement opportunities. All of the 30 areas in England and Wales which have been identified as being the worst affected by drug-related crime have Positive Futures projects. It is hoped that through this relationship strategy, Positive Futures will be able to prevent drug use amongst the most vulnerable young people.

The PDF contains the full intervention description including additional contact information.


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Page last updated: Friday, 20 January 2012