Kikz Programme (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
June 18, 2008
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

If I may, thank you very much for your answer, Mr Mayor. I think this is a great example of how we can engage young people in worthwhile activities and also break down the barriers often between young people and the police. The police are very involved in this piece of work, both financially and in time, in partnership with the football clubs in our different boroughs; Crystal Palace - I declare an interest as a lifelong supporter - in Croydon and Sutton.

What are also important are the statistics. At the time when these activities are going on there is a downturn in anti social behaviour and reported crime in those targeted areas and that is very important.

So, Mr Mayor, the challenge with this product - and it is such a good product - is around funding, as ever. I would like to invite particularly you and Ray Lewis to come and look at this piece of work in Croydon. I would like you to join me in lobbying the football community - which is awash with money - to continue their support and lobby them not, as I believe they do at the moment, to limit their funding to two years and then ask for match funding. I would ask you in your and Ray Lewis' review into funding for the voluntary sector to look at this project and to join me in growing the project throughout London. It is in all of our boroughs and it is a great piece of work. So, Mr Mayor, I would like you to come down and I would like you to bring Ray down with you and I would like you to consider weaving into Ray's vision for our young people the Kikz project as a very important building block.

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Answer

Answer for Kikz Programme (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Kikz Programme (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Look, Steve, I think that is an excellent suggestion and we certainly will look at that. Part of what we are proposing to do with the LDA of course is to ring fence LDA spending on sport and it is part of Kate Hoey's mission across London to make sure that we have enough sporting facilities.

John Biggs and I had a discussion during the last Mayor's Question Time about whether my enthusiasm for sport was maybe a little bit wearing for people who were not keen on sport. That was the gist of what I think you were saying last time. I passionately believe - useless though I was at sport myself, particularly football - in its amazing power to give people self confidence, emotional maturity and all the rest of it. Not just that but if you use sporting opportunities like Kikz you can also of course excite people about academic education as well and that is going to be a big part of what we do.