Blues launch first ever probation project

The Community Trust here at Blues has taken the lead on a first-of-its-kind probation project, helping ex-offenders to improve their employment chances.

Working with the Twinning Project – a campaign launched by David Dein in prisons across the country – coaches from the Community Trust have been imparting their skills and knowledge on to a cohort currently serving probation sentences.

Along with football coaching sessions, the Trust team also work on life skills in order to reduce reoffending rates, including CV writing and interview preparation. This culminated in a day-long event, where the budding coaches got to train and play on the St. Andrew’s turf.

Alongside this brand-new provision, the Community Trust are also working in HMP Oakwood delivering the traditional Twinning Project.

Craig Gill, Community Engagement and Outreach Manager at the Community Trust, said: “This project is hugely important for everyone involved – the participants, the club, the coaches. We all have a sense of enormous pride that we can make a difference in these people’s lives, and the enthusiasm shown by everyone taking part is inspiring.”