Video: Spurs boss Villas-Boas gives football masterclass to launch report highlighting how sport is combatting UK gang culture

07:00 19 January 2013

Andre Villas-Boas

Andre Villas-Boas

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas this week launched a report highlighting how local community sports project are combatting anti-social behaviour and gang culture across the UK.

The report, from the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, found that 80 per cent of youngsters who take part in such programmes say they are more likely to stay away from gangs and anti-social behaviour in the future.

As well as taking youngsters away from gang culture, sport has also been proven to have a benefit on youth development. Indeed, 69 per cent of youngsters polled said that they have a more optimistic outlook on the future since taking part in a local project, with 65 per cent saying they had improved their social skills as a result of their participation,

The research questioned participants and project leaders from The Laureus Urban Stars programme and was launched by Villas-Boas in Elephant & Castle, south London.

The projects work with young people, aged 13-19, who are vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged.

More than half of the participants are not in formal education and almost 90 per cent not in training. Laureus Urban Stars programmes operate in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow and London.

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

We’re keeping up with Kim Kardashian and her never-ending clone selfies.

Read more

A session stylist gives us some tips for great looking party hair that lasts all night.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

Top Stories

Quizzes

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho go head to head (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Football managers are either deified or chastised, depending on results and they are some of the most famous faces in the country.

Read more
London is a scary place

This great city of ours is one of the most haunted places on the planet.

Read more
Roy Keane  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Roy Keane denied the world of more glorious beard action this weekend by shaving his famous chin hair off, however football is still littered with some impressive beards.

Read more