The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) recently visited the Football Unites Racism Divides (FURD) charity.

Based at the U-Mix Centre in Sheffield, FURD is a social inclusion project which believes that football is a way to bring together different communities and people of all ages and backgrounds.

FURD’s ongoing projects include their work with refugees and asylum seekers, and their programme to tackle violent crime among children and young people, for which they have previously received VRU funding.

The VRU visited FURD to see a football session in action, as part of the Unit’s support for Operation Sceptre, a national week of police action to tackle knife crime which ran from 16th May to 22nd May.

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “Sport plays an important role, not just in helping people to live healthy lifestyles, but also in bringing people together and building community cohesion.

“I’m pleased that the VRU has previously been able to support FURD with funding for a programme to tackle knife, gun and gang crime, and that the Unit could visit the project again as part of our work to support Operation Sceptre.”