Tackling County Lines through football

Tackling County Lines through football

Resilience UnLimited has teamed up with Forest Green Rovers Community to raise awareness of this important issue for young people and families in Gloucestershire and surrounding counties. Inner city gangs have evolved and are now expanding their drug dealing markets from big cities like London, Birmingham and Manchester to smaller rural towns in order to make more money. Rural communities are now experiencing the impact of gang and county lines activity, with drug dealing and crime increasing to levels previously not experienced before.

Over the last 10 years, inner-city drugs markets have become saturated and overcompetitive. Increased competition between street gangs led to more gang-related violence as gangs compete over post codes and territory but this has also led to new drug dealing networks developing between the cities and more rural areas, known as ‘County Lines’. The ‘lines’ refer to the mobile phone lines that are used by the gang members to market and sell their drugs.

You can read about the collaboration on Forest Green Rovers website ( and can read or download our guide for young people, families and schools here – FGR – Tacking County Lines.

If you have any questions about gang or county lines activity or if you are worried that someone you know may be involved in gangs or is at risk of harm from serious youth crime and violence, you can contact the team at Resilience UnLimited for advice and support at

The Resilience UnLimited team works in close partnership with the National Centre for Gangs Research at the University of West London and will answer any questions you have. When it comes to safeguarding young people, there is no such thing as a ‘silly’ question.

Resilience UnLimited also offer school based educational programmes for young people.

Together. Safer. Stronger.