Childrens' group to open network of clubs to cut crime

Kids' Clubs Network is spending £2.5 million on a campaign backed by Prime Minister Tony Blair to combat juvenile crime.

The campaign is called Make Space and was launched this week to provide a network of clubs for young people aged from 11 to 16.

The clubs will open every day after school and during the holidays, providing an extensive range of sporting activities, as well as music, art and drama.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to attract funding to develop 3,000 clubs throughout England by 2015 as well as working with schools and families.

The push is backed by new research from MORI and BMRB which found that 70 per cent of 11 to 16 year olds believe young people commit crime because there is not enough for them to do.

Make Space campaign director Harris Beider said the campaign targets a new generation of young people. "They're facing new problems and they need new solutions," said Beider.

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