Brentford is one of 32 clubs who have agreed to be part of a programme to help tackle the UK’s reoffending rate.
The aim of The Twinning Project , founded by former FA and Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, is to pair clubs with their local prison to deliver coaching and refereeing courses.
The programme is backed by the Government as well as the Football Association, Premier League, English Football League, the Professional Footballers’ Association, match officials body PGMOL and the League Managers Association.
The first courses are expected to begin this spring.
The project will be open to men, women and young offenders in custody.
The aim of the course is to prepare participants for release with the ultimate aim of finding future employment.
Justice Secretary David Gauke said: “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.”
Discussions are ongoing to further expand the programme’s reach among the remaining 60 clubs.
Premier League:Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cardiff, Chelsea, Everton, Fulham, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City, Newcastle, Southampton, Tottenham, West Ham.
Championship:Aston Villa, Brentford, Leeds, Millwall, QPR, Rotherham, Stoke.
League One:Bristol Rovers, Charlton, Doncaster, Plymouth, Rochdale.
League Two:Bury, Exeter, Lincoln, Notts County, Oldham, Tranmere.
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