Newcastle United paired with prison
Newcastle United have agreed to join ‘The Twinning Project’, which aims to pair clubs with their local prison.
This will allow them to help deliver coaching and refereeing courses.
Altogether, 32 of the 92 clubs in the four divisions have signed up to the scheme, although Newcastle United are the only one in the north east.
NUFC are one of 14 Premier League clubs to be committed from the start, with 18 from the lower divisions.
It is hoped that the programme will help tackle the UK’s reoffending rate.
The scheme has been founded by the former FA and Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, with the government also giving it full backing
Justice Secretary David Gauke:
“I am delighted to see so many 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.”
Prisons Minister Rory Stewart:
“I am hugely grateful to David and to the community departments and the clubs themselves, who have invested their time and money in engaging with offenders and helping them reintegrate into society and lead more positive lives.”
The clubs to have signed up so far:
Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cardiff, Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, Tottenham, West Ham
Aston Villa, Brentford, Charlton, Doncaster, Leeds, Millwall, QPR, Rotherham, Stoke
Bristol Rovers, Plymouth, Rochdale
Bury, Exeter, Lincoln, Notts County, Oldham, Tranmere
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