March 2012 - ongoing
Plymouth Youth Service
Plymouth Youth Offending team
Practitioners:Plymouth Sports Academy
Participants:Young people from Southway, Ernesettle and Plympton
Age of participants: 13-19
No of participants:
The Take a Shot project offers a programme of weekly non-contact boxing and film-making/photography sessions to groups of young people who have offended or are at risk of offending. Funded by the Government’s Community Action against Crime Innovation Fund (administered by the Home Office) ‘Take a Shot’ will be rolled out in the Whitleigh/Southway, Ernesettle and Plympton areas of Plymouth.
Barefoot has been working in close partnership with the Youth Offending Team and Plymouth City Youth Service to identify young people who could benefit from this project, who will be working with project partners FOTONOW and Plymouth Sports Academy. The structured boxing sessions will enable participants to gain ABA (Amateur Boxing Association) accreditation, whilst the film/making photography sessions will aim to produce short films and photographs about the lives of young people in local areas, to be screened at an end of project celebration event.
The boxing sessions (strictly non-contact) will focus on building confidence and discipline, developing agility and fitness, encouraging young people to take responsibility and forge leadership skills. The media workshops will enable young people to engage with their local communities through interviews with local residents and highlight the impact of risk-taking decisions and anti-social behaviour on their lives and those around them.
The combination of boxing and film making is designed to appeal to a wide range of young people and attract them off the streets to engage in positive activities in a safe environment. The activities will help young people to control aggression and develop respect for themselves and others whilst learning how self-control can help them to resist negative peer pressure. Young people will also be encouraged to access youth provision in their areas, leading to further engagement in positive activities and less offending due to boredom, peer pressure and anger.