About LtPF

What does
LtPF do?

Levelling the Playing Field uses the power of sport to engage and improve health and life outcomes for ethnically diverse children who are at risk of entering, or already involved with, the criminal justice system (CJS).

The evidence informs our approach, and evidence tells us that ethnically diverse children are less likely to take part in physical activity, and more likely to be involved with the CJS.

Our aim is to level the playing field by strengthening sporting opportunities that are accessible, appropriate and enriching for 11,200 children across England and Wales.

Our initial delivery areas are London, Gwent, the West Midlands and South Yorkshire. We’re empowering local people and organisations there, helping them maximise their existing frontline work in communities.

Powered by a record £1million grant from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, LtPF is managed by the Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice, working alongside the Youth Justice Board.

You can find further info in our FAQs.

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How does the Project Work?

Community of Practice

Key to the project's success is working with a network of local experts who have strong relationships with their beneficiaries.

Capacity Building

By investing in people and their needs, we are building a solid and sustainable infrastructure best suited to driving long-term change.

Public Health Approach

A three-tier approach ensuring we provide the right intervention at the right time, always bearing mind that prevention is better than cure.

Evidence Informed 

Collectively demonstrating, celebrating and amplifying what works is crucial to achieving a Level Playing Field.

Where we work

London

  • LB Croydon
  • LB Lambeth
  • LB Lewisham
  • HMYOI Cookham Wood
  • HMYOI Feltham
  • Oakhill STC

West Midlands

  • Birmingham
  • Wolverhampton
  • Coventry
  • Rainsbrook STC
  • HMYOI Werrington

South Yorkshire

  • Sheffield
  • Rotherham
  • HMYOI Wetherby

Gwent

  • City of Newport
  • HMP&YOI Parc
  • Hillside SCH

Strategic Operational Group

Rudro Sen
Rudro SenProject Manager for LtPF
Rudro is Project Manager for LtPF and has a strong background in Sport for Development. Rudro was previously manager of the Just For Kicks programme in his native Mumbai, India, and more recently was a regional manager in Richmond and Hounslow for the National Citizen Service, working with 15-17-year-olds from diverse backgrounds. Rudro is responsible for day to day delivery of LtPF and providing support to the Community of Practice.
Keith Fraser
Keith FraserYJB Chair
Keith was appointed Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales in April 2020. A former Superintendent and Chief Inspector in the West Midlands Police, Keith is also a trustee at The Work Force Development Trust Limited, Advisor for the National Police Chiefs Council Digital Engagement Project for Young People, and Chair of Employability UK. Keith chairs the LtPF Steering Group bringing together key stakeholders and operational leads.
Olu Alake
Olu AlakeStrategic Grants Lead LMCT
Olu Alake is Strategic Grants Lead at the London Marathon Charitable Trust. He has had senior management engagements at Buttle UK, Equality & Human Rights Commission, Commission for Racial Equality, and Arts Council England, as well working with international arts and cultural organisations. Olu is President Emeritus for youth mentoring charity 100 Black Men of London and also sits on the advisory board of other projects in culture and sport for development.
James Mapstone
James MapstoneCEO, Alliance of Sport
James is Co-Founder and Chief Executive of the Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice. James also co-chairs the Sports Forum, a group that convenes multiple government departments to provide national support for the role of sport in crime prevention and criminal justice. James led the initial development of Levelling the Playing Field, provides ongoing support, and moving forwards will play a key role in scaling up across England and Wales.
Adam Mooney
Adam MooneyYJB Programme Manager
Adam has been working within Youth Justice for almost 20 years. He is Programme Manager with lead responsibility for Over-Representation with the Youth Justice Board, having been Head of Region for London and SE. He was also a Youth Offending Team Manager working with children involved in the Criminal Justice System. He is passionate about improving and ‘levelling the playing field’ for BAME children pre and throughout the Youth Justice System.
Gary Christie
Gary ChristieYJB Programme Manager
Gary has over 20 years’ experience working within the Youth Justice System in various roles. He has worked in a voluntary capacity for Youth Offending Teams with a range of young people involved in the criminal justice system. He has also worked for social services as an Independent Visitor for BAME Looked After Children. Gary has also taught young people life skills as part of a community outreach project. Currently he works for the Youth Justice Board on the team seeking to address over-representation across the Youth Justice System.
Justin Coleman
Justin ColemanCOO, Alliance of Sport
Justin is Co-Founder and COO of the Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice. Justin leads on AoS' Communities of Practice, service delivery, monitoring and evaluation. Justin has extensive knowledge of the Criminal Justice System (prison and community) and received ‘Best Practice’ from HM Inspectors for his work with Long Term Offenders. Justin provides strategic support for LtPF and leads on the development and delivery of the Project at Tier 3.
Hannah Baumer
Hannah BaumerResearch Fellow, University of Birmingham
Dr. Hannah Baumer is a Research Fellow in the University of Birmingham’s Monitoring and Evaluation team and will work closely with LtPF conducting impactful research to understand the physical activity and sport needs of individuals and communities in diverse populations. With a PhD in Psychology and Criminology from School of Law at Royal Holloway, the University of London, Hannah’s research interests include sport for development within the criminal justice system.
Joan Duda
Joan DudaProfessor, University of Birmingham
Prof Joan Duda is the Principal Investigator/Lead of LtPF’s Monitoring and Evaluation team. She is one of the most cited researchers in her discipline and is internationally known for her expertise on optimising motivational climates, motivation, sustained engagement and well-being in sport, exercise, and dance. Joan is the major developer of the theory- and evidence-based Empowering CoachingTM family of training programmes which are being delivered to coaches (recreational to elite), parents and teachers in the UK and abroad.

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