Palace for Life Foundation, the official charity of Crystal Palace FC, has been working with the south London community for over 25 years and launched Breaking the Cycle in 2018 with the aim of reducing youth violence in the area.

The Foundation exists to leverage the power of football and Crystal Palace to change the lives of young people across south London, particularly the most hard-to-reach and hard-to-help, working with over 13,000 people each year

Targeting young people in areas of deprivation, the Foundation offers free sessions in sport and other activities, alongside pastoral support, to instil positive values and help prepare participants for a better life.

In 2018, the Foundation launched Breaking the Cycle, a targeted intervention programme aimed at reducing youth violence in south London. Working on a referral basis with those aged 8-19, Breaking the Cycle will offer one-to-one mentoring sessions as well as group work with the aim of turning young people away from crime.

Generous backing from William Wates Memorial Trust means the Foundation will be able to reach twice as many young people with this innovative new programmeover the next two years.