Members of the Angel City Football Club are expected to play a friendly soccer match Tuesday evening against some incarcerated members of the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood in support of lower recidivism rates.
"Over the last five years, we've seen first-hand the positive impact soccer can have on individuals and communities, especially for people who feel there is little hope," said Hilton Freund, CEO of the Twinning Project, the United Kingdom-based organization that brings together professional football clubs and inmates for sport-based intervention efforts.
"By helping women in custody learn new skills and build confidence, we can help them create a better future for themselves once they leave jail."
Since launching in London in 2018, the Twinning Project has delivered hundreds of coaching and refereeing courses in men's, women's and young offenders' prisons across the U.K. The project is a partnership between HM Prison and Probation Service and professional football clubs with the objective of matching every prison in England and Wales with a local professional football club.