The award winning St Helens’ Breakdancing and Parkour group UC Crew, has received recognition from the High Sherriff of Merseyside, Stephen Burrows for their commitment and dedication to reducing youth anti-social behaviour at the Merseyside Crimebeat awards, part of the National Crimebeat awards at Merseyside Police HQ in Liverpool.
They were the only St Helens project to make it to the Merseyside Crime Beat round, they did this through primary and secondary school engagement projects and hosting a free regular free Parkour and Break Dancing session at Sutton Leisure Centre for 11 – 24 year olds. The ‘Off the street project’ was funded by the Community Foundation for Merseyside.
High Sherriff Stephen Burrows said “It was a great event that recognised all those that had put forward their ideas and projects’.
National Crimebeat is the youth crime prevention charity of the High Sheriffs’ Association and is governed by trustees who are mainly former High Sheriffs. It has no paid employees, and the raising of sponsorship and organising of the annual award ceremony is undertaken by the trustees who do not receive any form of remuneration. National Crimebeat now focuses on providing a prestigious annual awards ceremony to give recognition to the most innovative and successful crime prevention projects carried out by young people aged between 5 and 25 years.
Since 2012 they have introduced two categories for projects and the entries can come from the whole of England and Wales from ANY organisation whatever its name might be. Each entry has to be endorsed by the project’s County High Sheriff as the link between the project and the judging process.