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Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play by Don Vinson, Andrew Parker

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5    Sport, physical activity and youth imprisonment

Andrew Parker and Rosie Meek

Introduction

Delinquency and anti-social behaviour amongst young males has long been regarded as a problem in UK society. The transition from child to adulthood has proved to be one of considerable tension and frustration, especially for those at risk of offending (Hendry et al., 1993; Barry, 2010). One response to this has been for the state to structure the activities of such groups via employment training packages and sport and leisure opportunities (Hollands, 1990; Mizen, 2003). In recent years youth offending has become an issue of serious concern for politicians and policy makers alike. Criminal statistics suggest that recorded crime rose by 900 per cent from ...

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