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Reducing Reoffending & Saving Lives

What is The Twinning Project?

The Twinning Project is a partnership between Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and professional football clubs with the objective of twinning every prison in England and Wales with a local professional football club.

The aim is to engage approximately 100 prisoners per year in each of the 114 prisons in England and Wales in football-based programmes to improve their mental and physical health, wellbeing and obtain a qualification which will help improve their life chances and gain employment on release.

What we know

1. Statistically offending peaks at 24 years of age and drops of at 40 years of age.
2. Those in stable domestic and social relationships are less likely to reoffend.
3. Employment and opportunity are the primary drivers of purpose and value. This has a massive impact on their propensity to reoffend.

How it's done

Professional coaches and football club staff, supported by prison PE officers co-deliver accredited coaching and employability based qualifications to prisoners to better prepare them for life after their release.

The Need to Act

67%

of those in custody unemployed at the time of imprisonment

30%

of prisoners were regular truant prior to sentencing

49%

of male sentenced prisoners were excluded from school

71%

of female prisoners have no qualifications prior to custody

52%

of male prisoners have no qualifications prior to custody

83%

do not have paid employment  on release

Aims of the Twinning Project

01

Engage with rehabilitation services on offer in custody. Secure and facilitate robust relationships between football clubs and prisons.

02

Offer routes to employment on release. Up-skill and educate whilst in custody to ensure employability and opportunity.

03

Reduce reoffending and save lives.

£15bn

Actual financial cost of crime to tax payer per annum

83,500

Men, woman and young people in custody in England and Wales

64%

Adult men will reoffend within one year of release

42%

Juveniles will reoffend with one year of release

Local Focus to support post release engagement

01

A Local Club and Prison relationship is optimal

02

Prisons and clubs to consider geographic proximity so as to consider post release engagement

03

Delivery that supports and protects local community

04

Delivery that dovetails with other local community initiatives and through the gate support

05

Clubs do not cannibalise from other clubs unless no provision is being undertaken

06

The Football Club Foundation to act as primary through the gate support to guarantee engagement

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