The Role of Sport in Deradicalisation and Crime Diversion


  • Cara Richardson University of Dundee
  • Paul A. Cameron University of Dundee
  • Katherine M. Berlouis University of Dundee


Sport, Crime, Deradicalisation, Young People, Prison, Community


In recent years the use of sport as an intervention to reduce crime in the community and prisons, and to reduce radicalisation of young adults, has become more common. Studies suggest that participating in sport may improve self-esteem, enhance social bonds and provide participants with a feeling of purpose. The introduction of an education element can improve outcomes following completion of the programme, providing participants with a pathway towards employment. Although it is recognised that sport may form only one aspect towards the reduction of crime and radicalisation, effectiveness, may be enhanced with a combination of other services such as religious re-education and assistance with housing. This article aims to appraise the literature on sports interventions in the UK, and worldwide, in order to highlight the positive and negative consequences of the approach, and identify limitations.

Author Biographies

Cara Richardson, University of Dundee

Research Assistant, Population Health Sciences Division, University of Dundee

Paul A. Cameron, University of Dundee

National Lead Clinician for Chronic Pain, Scottish Government, NHS Fife, and University of Dundee

Katherine M. Berlouis, University of Dundee

Research Assistant, Population Health Sciences Division, University of Dundee


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