We have teamed up with Lloyds Foundation, Twinning Project and Forrest Bank Prison to help improve education and employment opportunities for young offenders within the prison system.
The aim of the programme is to help the rehabilitation of the inmates (particularly those aged between 18-25) who are closest to their release date. The programme will include a mixture of educational and physical activity, with one hour of classroom’ activity and one hour of physical activity as part of each session.
What we will deliver
The aim is to work collectively to shape and deliver a programme as a support mechanism for offenders. What we deliver is not football focused, but the sporting theme allows us to deliver a programme which subtly integrates the skills required to succeed in a game throughout – this allows us to provide both qualifications and experience that inspires, instills self-belief, and increases confidence to progress in a positive direction in those who engage in the programme.
The main focus of the classroom activity will be a variety of topics designed to help the participants when they are released from prisons such as money management, problem-solving, conflict management, anger management, and how to be assertive in a positive way There will also be sessions around helping with employability such as CV writing, interview skills, and time management.
The physical session will consist of football with the aim of developing young people taking part in enabling them to lead future sessions. This will provide those taking part with a chance to develop leadership skills whilst also focusing on controlling anger, violent behavior and general self-control, whilst also looking how sports and exercise can decrease stress and anger levels and help with depression or anxiety.
The participants will be given opportunities to coach and lead sessions so that they can build on skills learned in the classroom and work towards job-specific skills for their release. The session will be led by Bury FC Community Trust staff but supported by prison staff for safety and control.
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As part of this project, we are working with the Twinning Project to make sure what we are delivering to the prisoners meets national standards.
The Twinning Project aims to bring together professional football clubs and prisons across the UK to use football as a catalyst for change. The project aims to provide real opportunities to better prepare prisoners for release, find employment and reduce re-offending.
David Dein MBE, founder of the Twinning Project commented: “Since its launch, the Twinning Project has seen huge interest and enthusiasm from across the UK football family and Prison Service. We have also had interest from international clubs and prisons, as well as other sporting organisations, who wish to replicate what we are doing.
“It is a testament to the vision and purpose of the Twinning Project that such a large group of football clubs has agreed to participate in trying to tackle a difficult problem in our society. We are in active talks with many other clubs and look forward to welcoming them to the Twinning Project as we roll out as widely as possible across football and the Prison Service.”
Justice Secretary David Gauke said: “I am delighted to see so many football clubs supporting this wonderful project.
“Rehabilitation should be at the heart of every prison and although I am clear that offenders are sent to prison as punishment, they should leave with it having been a real turning point in their lives.
“The Twinning Project provides opportunities for offenders to do just that, a true chance for change, which offers dedicated training opportunities, coaching qualifications and fosters skills such as teamwork, leadership and confidence – ultimately helping to reduce reoffending."
The Twinning Project is backed by the Government and the UK’s leading football bodies, including the Football Association, Premier League, English Football League, PFA, PGMOL and LMA. The scheme will be open to men, women and young offenders in custody.