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Positive Futures addresses root causes of serious youth crime and contributes directly to making Suffolk a safer place

Targetted school interventions

Suffolk Positive Futures also delivers a range of targeted interventions with school groups. Predominately working with the Raedwald Trust in Ipswich, the project delivers a range of sports sessions to young people out of mainstream school who are enrolled in alternative curriculums.

A specific school syllabus is not followed with these groups but instead activities are run in an informal way with emphasis on fun, participation, creating relationships and increasing confidence. The young people are attending these alternative education provisions for a variety of reasons and often miss out of the valuable benefits sport can play. Our work with this group initially offers the opportunity for them to play some sport in a relaxed informal environment, where relationships can be built with our coaches.


“Positive Futures helps us to deliver sports-based activities to complex and disadvantaged young people, who have been excluded from mainstream education.  The work we do with Positive Futures helps the young people to develop skills both physically and emotionally. The sessions that our young people access, helps them to develop their confidence and self-esteem, but also brings together young people from different areas and helps to break down barriers they may have with each other.” 

Martin Weston, Raedwald Trust External Provision Lead

“We have worked with Catch22 for over 10 years which in itself reflects the esteem we hold this organisation and the work they do with our students. They provide regular and quality sporting and coaching opportunities which engage our students each week. Through this activity the good quality coaching staff become role models to our students and are able to forge positive and healthy working relationships where others may not have successfully done so in the past.”

Carey Fish, Headteacher, Westbridge Academy

“We have been working with Catch22, Suffolk Positive Futures for the past 9 months now and our pupils enjoy the sessions, they feel safe and a massive positive I have seen/heard is that the coaches are invaluable male role models for our boys, and that one of our pupils now attends an evening boxing session due to your input, recommendations and support, he is managing to maintain this commitment. We are particular pleased with the relationships that have been built up with our students and the variety of activities on offer.”

Tom Baker, Headteacher, St Christophers Pupil Referral Unit


Suffolk Positive Futures in the News

Contact us

Paul Knight  – Project Manager – 07717 290545 –

Mike Chaplin – Project Coordinator – 07717 290573 –

Terry Charles – Lead Coach – 07795 428362 –

The Info Bar, Constantine House, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2DH

Further information