In 2015, Rugby4Change trained 24 young male ex-offenders in HM Youth Offenders Institution Isis, using rugby to imbed the rehabilitation process in the following pathways to reduce reoffending:
• Attitudes, thinking and behaviour
• Education, training and employment
The Rugby4Change programme has a proven success rate of 80% in preventing reoffending within 12 months of release from a custodial sentence.
“Rugby helps break the prison routine, where I can get a sense of freedom in my mind for a few hours. The sessions give me a fresh outlook. I believe the coaches when they say I can explore new avenues on release. I want to work with younger people and encourage them to stay away from trouble as London has many negative challenges.”
Prison participant, age 23 (offence grievous bodily harm, sentence six years) engaging in Rugby 4 Change for 13 months