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 of the Twinning Project is to bring together prisons and football clubs across the UK using football as a catalyst for change.
In October 2019, County in the Community worked in partnership with Prescoed Prison with the aim of delivering coaching, refereeing and employability based qualifications for inmates to be more prepared upon release. Due to Covid-19, we have been unable to engage with this programme during 2020. We hope for a more successful 2021!
The walking football programme has been running for 5 years. It has helped participants to socialise with others, get fit and maintain an active lifestyle regardless of their age and fitness level. Alongside the football element of the sessions, the group also met socially by going for meals, attending Newport County AFC games and participating in a more competitive style of game.
How did we adapt during the pandemic?
When the first national lockdown was introduced in March 2020 our weekly Monday and Thursday sessions had to be cancelled. As a result, it was agreed as a group to have a weekly fun quiz every Monday evening with one person taking their turn to be the delegated quiz master. Lots of fun and laughter were shared through these sessions and they were also a great tool to use to ensure participants were safe and well.
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STREETGAMES TALENT IDENTIFICATION
Working in partnership with StreetGames, the Talent Identification scheme is a pilot scheme to help young people from the Pillgwenlly area aged 10-21 years of age gain financial support in order to achieve their dreams of competing in an elite
sport of their choice. The scheme was successful through the cooperation of StreetGames, County in the Community, local community champions that were selected for their knowledge of sports clubs and potential individuals in Pillgwenlly. This scheme took place in two phases from September to December.
As well as ourselves and Streetgames, there were community champions that helped to support this scheme representing a range of organisations and schools. These included Pill YMCA FC, Pill Harriers RFC, FTSL Premier Futsal Club, John Frost High School, Ysgol Gyfun Gwent Is Coed and Newport Netball Club.