CITIZENSHIP PROJECTS 

 

Police Community Clubs of Great Britain sports based citizenship projects 

Using Sporting activities, The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain seek to engage with and help young people to stay safe, lead healthy lives and make the very most of their unique potential. 
 
Through the programmes and projects linked below, we hope that we make a positive contribution to the wider society, reducing crime and the causes of crime and improving quality of life for everyone. 
Post Prison Release Programme 
 
Building on the successful delivery of the Olympic Boxing – Coaching Project at HMP & YOI Doncaster in 2013 / 2014 whereby, in partnership with the Director, the National Offender Management Service [NOMS] and The Ministry of Justice [MOJ], we delivered the programme to two cohorts of twenty prisoners. The outcomes were excellent. 
 
The Police Clubs ‘Post release’ programme is a variation on the theme delivered within the gates allowing similar deliveries beyond them. 
 
Anyone seeking further information on this and other prison related projects, please contact The Police Community Clubs at: headquarters@policecommunityclubs.org 
The PCCGB Mosque Project 
 
The National Police Community Trust / The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain in partnership with The National Association of Muslim Police Officers and The Al-Madina Mosque. 
 
February 2019 saw the introduction of an innovative ground-breaking programme involving a partnership project between The National Police Community Trust [NPCT], its commercial partner The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain [PCCGB], the National Association of Muslim Police Officers and the Al-Madina Mosque in Barking, north east London. 
 
The project called ‘The Contender Programme’ supported by the National Lottery is based on the delivery of non-contact Olympic Boxing and bespoke Citizenship programmes. The programme outlined below results in the qualifying of five level 1 England Boxing coaches who then go on to the delivery of a varied programme of Police Clubs non-contact boxing courses incorporating citizenship modules to a total of 100 young people across north east of London. 
 
Together with the Olympic Boxing modules, the following Police Trust publications, resources and programmes are integrated into the project [this list of citizenship deliveries is not exhaustive as other specialised providers will be included and acknowledged as the project expands]: 
The Custody Suite based ‘DIVERT’ Programme 
 
Having been introduced to the ‘DIVERT’ Programme in 2018 by our Patron Martin Hewiitt QPM, Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police until April 2019 when he becomes Chairman of the National Police Chiefs Council, we met with Wilf Pickles of the New Era Foundation https://www.newerafoundation.uk which delivers ‘DIVERT’. Wilf’s enthusiasm was infectious and we readily took up the offer to work with the programme. 
 
Working alongside the Football Association, The National Police Community Trust [NPCT] and its commercial partner The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain [PCCGB] have now been named as the preferred provider to ‘DIVERT’ of Olympic Boxing and bespoke Citizenship programmes. 
 
Whereby Association Football was the primary referral source of sports programmes, this development means that ‘DIVERT’ now has an alternative sport to offer its clients, that of Olympic Boxing. Once referred, the ‘DIVERT’ client is introduced to the sport of boxing through the Police Community Clubs of Great Britain’s non-contact Leader programme an initial pathway to coaching in boxing and subsequent progression to both the Level 1 and Level 2 National Governing Body coaching qualification. 
 
The boxing qualifications are enhanced by the inclusion of PCCGB and NPCT citizenship training which, provides the client with the combined skills of Olympic boxing coaching and a qualification to deliver citizenship to a myriad of organisations including schools, colleges, clubs etc, thereby providing an additional employment pathway. 
 
The successful clients are introduced to selected NGB registered clubs and mentored for a period of one year. All participants in this programme are the subject of qualitative and quantitive evaluation, experience shows that many will progress into self-employment as coaches / citizenship facilitators. 
 
As with the Football Association programme, the ‘DIVERT’ – Olympic Boxing programme clients will be supported by the ‘DIVERT’ facilitator advising of educational, training and employment opportunities offered by the ‘DIVERT’ key strategic partners. 
 
The following gives a broad-brush picture of the innovative Divert programme: 
 
DIVERT – POLICE CUSTODY INTERVENTION 
Divert is a unique police custody programme designed for 18-25-year olds to promote pathways to education, apprenticeships, employment and to stop re-offending. 
 
An 18-25-year-old who has been taken into custody will be approached by a Divert Custody Intervention Coach to identify their interests and skills for employment. They are informed that Divert along with its strategic partners may help them achieve their passion and goal. 
 
Once released from custody the youth will be re-contacted by a Divert facilitator advising of educational, training and employment opportunities being offered by the key strategic partners. 
 
The progress of each youth is monitored through the programme and mentoring is also provided where necessary. 
 
Divert is now running in the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Haringey, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney with outstanding results. 
 
Wilf Pickles said “I am proud to be involved with this ground-breaking project which engages with young offenders, diverting them from crime and into employment and education. The project has dramatically reduced re-offending rates. 
 
DIVERT: TACKLING VIOLENT CRIME AT ITS ROOTS 
In an article in the Sunday Telegraph, Shaun Bailey a member of the London Assembly writes that ‘we need to deal with the underlying issues that push our young men towards gangs and criminality”. 
 
The article praises Divert, a London based youth diversion project, which is proving particularly successful in getting gang members out of crime and into employment and education. 
 
Wilf Pickles, a trustee of Divert said “Divert is a ground-breaking project and engages with young offenders, diverting them from crime and into employment and education. The project has reduced re-offending rates from 29% to 7%. This success shows the value in rolling this project out throughout London, and elsewhere in the country”. 
 
Please Note:  
This is not an exhaustive list of our portfolio of Sport Based Citizenship Programmes – Please contact the Police Clubs Office : headquarters@policecommunityclubs.org for details of all our programmes. 
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