Street Violence Ruins Lives (SVRL)

The Street Violence Ruins Lives (SVRL) campaign raises awareness of the serious consequences of weapons-related violence amongst young people through the experiences of the Knox family, with the tragic loss of their son Rob in 2008.

CACT staff and partners recently received bespoke training around street and gang culture as part of the Young Londoners Fund to support CACT's SVRL campaign.

In addition to its ongoing mentoring work throughout the year, CACT holds an annual SVRL-themed match day to promote awareness about the campaign.

In 2019, its dedicated match at The Valley was against Accrington Stanley on Saturday 19 January

CACT staff and partners Champions 4 Change and B Young Stars were outside the West Stand informing fans about the SVRL campaign and running a number of activities.

Sally and Jamie Knox chaired a reception outlining new priorities for the project.

SVRL is one of the first such programmes delivered by a community trust and has been adopted as a model of best practice by a number other football clubs. CACT delivers a wide-range of projects under the new strategy:

Youth, social clubs and leisure activities, sports, physical activities and coach education, alternative education and traineeships, mentoring support and employment support programmes, volunteering and apprenticeship programmes, support and discussions on personal development, emotions and self-reflection, crime education & youth-police relationship building, drug, safety and sexual health awareness workshops and culture & faith awareness workshops.

The key outcomes are identified as follows: 

  • Higher aspirations
  • Improved emotional wellbeing
  • Reduced anti-social & criminal behaviour


Click here to read CACT's new SVRL strategy in full

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