Saints Foundation teams up with Twinning Project
Saints Foundation has joined 31 Premier League and English Football League clubs to create The Twinning Project – a project to work alongside local prisons to tackle the high UK reoffending rate.
Launched on 31 October 2018, The Twinning Project aims to bring together professional football clubs and prisons across the UK to use football as a catalyst for change to provide real opportunities to better prepare prisoners for release, find employment and reduce reoffending which is a huge cost to the country and local communities.
The first football clubs have agreed to engage in the Twinning Project to pair with their local prisons. For Saints Foundation, this means teaming up with HMP Winchester, where we have worked over the last three years to provide opportunities and a positive outlook once they make their return to society.
Through the initiative the clubs, in conjunction with other football bodies, will work with PE officers from the Prison Service to deliver coaching, stewarding, lifestyle skills, and other employability-based qualifications to prisoners to help them prepare for release. Additionally, the PGMOL will deliver refereeing courses. These qualifications will provide a vital route to paid employment which is proven as a key factor in reducing reoffending and helping prisoners to rebuild their lives.
Speaking about the partnership, Head of Saints Foundation Greg Baker said: “We are delighted to be a part of this innovative project along with 31 other football clubs from across the country.
“We have worked alongside HMP Winchester for the past years, so to continue this partnership with added impetus will be a real bonus. The Twinning Project is a really worthwhile cause and we have already seen the positive impact we have had with participants.
“The future is looking really bright for this project.”