Children are being inspired by a range of sports and activities being offered by the Pythian club. The organisation was named the FA’s Grassroots Award for Community Project of the year in 2018.
Founder and former policeman Ben Rosser wants to offer support for children.”I saw a lot of my young people in this community where we are now in New Basford getting in to trouble following the wrong people and I felt that I could offer the community some support.”
Convictions involving knife crime in Nottingham are at the highest level in six years. It is an issue that Ben has spent multiple years of his life tackling. He says this is because police budget cuts have made the force ‘reactive’ and not ‘proactive’ enough.
Having started the Pythian Club in 2015 as a local organisation in NG7 for young people. They have worked across Nottingham with the council doing outreach work.
Ben Rosser,founder, Pythian club credit Callum Carthy
Initially only using football to get violence off the streets, the organisation’s popularity has increased and now uses boxing, music and a drama production called ‘Double Edge’ about knife crime. The play is designed to reach as many people as possible in the community, to provide help to those who are going through a hard time.
tHAT COMMUNITY SPIRIT WE NEED IT BACK.
bEN ROSSER, fOUNDER OF pYTHIAN cLUB
More active Pythian’s can earn coaching badge, they can also participate in a range of different programmes to improve their employability for the future. Partnerships that include Nottingham FC and FA has allowed to develop a large range of opportunities for the club members.
- Data collected by the Office for National Statistics found that were 861 incidents involving a knife or a sharp object in the year ending June 2018.
- Crime in Nottinghamshire has soared by 11 percent in the last year – with more than 10,000 extra incidents compared to the year before
- There was 880 crimes involving a knife, 408 were assaults with injury and six resulted in murder and attempted murder between October 2017 to September 2018.
A python member punching a bag – credit Callum Carthy
Ben Rosser working with a python member – Credit Callum Carthy