This programme of lessons and activities has been developed by Glasgow City Council Education Services and Police Scotland working in partnership.

The pack has been designed in a flexible fashion so as to allow schools to deliver the programme in a manner appropriate to their needs.

The suggested target client group would be young people at either S2 or S3 stage but can be appropriately delivered across the Secondary school curriculum. Alternatively, if the school has an identified group of young people across year groups who may be vulnerable to becoming involved in offending then this pack could be delivered to this type of group.

Similarly, the programme while being designed for 5 x 50 minute workshops has not been designed so that it must be delivered in its entirety. It would be recommended however that a minimum of the first 3 lessons should be delivered to help ensure a significant “impact” is achieved with the client group.

The key aim of the programme is to reduce youth offending, both in relation to football and more widely, by providing a constructive alternative to prosecution by harnessing the individuals’ positive links with their chosen football club and using these to reduce their  likelihood of offending. A key motivator for individuals to participate in the programme is the development of a full appreciation of the safety implications of engaging in behaviours such as violence, disorder or use of pyrotechnic devices which will allow participants to make more informed judgements about their future conduct.

A further motivator is the fact that this will offer them an alternative to being dealt with by the Criminal Justice system which is likely to have more negative outcomes for them both immediately and in the future.

The key objectives of the programme are:

  • prevention of involvement in football-related criminality; less convictions and
  • fewer young people being criminalised whether this is through the “Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Scotland) Act 2012”, the “Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 or any other piece of legislation;
  • a reduction in number of victims leading to less antisocial behaviour in the wider community;
  • change in behaviours which will be evidenced through feedback from the individuals themselves, coaches, teachers, parents and guardians.

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