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Premier League clubs to be paired with prisons for project

SUPPORT: Ian Wright and Arsene Wenger at the launch of The Twinning Project (Photo credit: Ian Wright / Twitter)

PREMIER LEAGUE football clubs have announced a new project which will pair the clubs with prisons as part of a groundbreaking scheme to reduce reoffending.

The clubs will offer offenders courses in coaching and refereeing to give them skills to help them get jobs when they’re released.

The scheme, entitled The Twinning Project, has been masterminded by ex-FA and Arsenal vice chairman David Dein, and was launched on Wednesday (Oct 31) at Wembley with guests including Arsene Wenger and Ian Wright, as well as dozens of prison governors.

Taking to Twitter following the announcement, Ian Wright wrote: "Very proud to MC this morning's launch of @ProjectTwinning. A project close to my heart and started by David Dein.

Currently 63.8 per cent of adults reoffend, while 41.6 per cent of juveniles do so within 12 months of release.

According to Sky News sports correspondent Martha Kelner, Dein said prisons are a ‘fertile ground’ for producing football coaches and referees and that there is ‘no reason why they couldn’t eventually get a UEFA A license.’

PICTURED: David Dein

Kelner also reported that the aim is to have 20 Premier league clubs twinned with their local prison and run coaching courses with their staff for 64 prisoners.

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