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'Champions' programme labelled as a 'Highly Effective Practice'

AFC Fylde Community Foundation's Champions project has been recognised as a 'Highly Effective Practice'.

The Foundation are one of nine Football Club Community Organisations (CCOs) across Lancashire that offer the Champions programme. It is an innovate intervention scheme that aims to support young people aged 10-25 with experience or at risk of offending behaviours.

The programme is confidential and non-judgemental and participation is voluntary. Our mentors adopt a trauma informed approach and give their with genuine interest to create a trusted relationship and promote personal development.

The Joint Targeted Area Inspection report summarised findings regarding Lancashire’s multi agency approach and effectiveness in addressing violent crime affecting young people aged 10+. The report found that Champions is a ‘Highly Effective Practice’. The report was signed off by HM Chief Inspector of Probation, HM Inspector of Constabulary, National Director of Regulation and Social Care (OFSTED), Chief Inspector of Health Care and CQC.


Page 15 of the report stated: “The VRN Champions programme is making a positive difference to young people in reducing the incidents of violent offending among 10 to 25 year olds.

"Champions develop interventions with young people in order to increase engagement in education, training and employment, work to address negative behaviours that increase young people’s vulnerability to offending, and focus on creating opportunities and experiences to help improve young people’s wellbeing. The programme is delivered through local football club community organisations.


"Initial outcome measures show very positive indicators. Many young people report positive differences to their wellbeing, and many do not go on to further reoffend.

"A large number of young people are being supported successfully into meaningful activities, skill-based training, education and employment”.

Whilst our Champions Project Co-ordinator, Daisy Sheridan has said: “The project is a fantastic opportunity for young people who may need some additional support in the community or in a school environment.

"The programme is shaped by the young person and our mentors work with them on a one-to-one basis to meet achievable goals and assists them each step of the way. The whole project is focused around understanding the young person and relies on a positive approach from the mentor, the young person and others involved in their support network”.

If you believe yourself or anyone you know could benefit from the Champions project, please email:

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