How can football help tackle crime?

That’s one of the subjects touched on in my latest (and brief!) column about issues around young people and crime in Haringey, written for one of the local magazines:

Are you (whether young or not yourself) intimidated when you walk past a group of young people wearing hoods? Lots of people are – but I still believe that it’s not how young people look but how young people behave that counts. In itself, there’s no particular reason to fear a piece of fabric – but it gets seen a symbolic of a bundle of fears and so induces worry for many people.

You can read the rest of the piece on my website.