Rehabilitating Prisoners: Role of Sport

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons on 4th June 2019.

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Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and I acknowledge his interest as a qualified international referee, with skills that, on occasion, you probably put to good use in this House, Mr Speaker. I completely agree that the football twinning project, brilliantly led by David Dein, is hugely important and can have a positive effect on offenders. We have been working with FA referees to develop a bespoke referee course for prisons. Four pilot prisons have been identified to deliver this groundbreaking intervention, with the first course due to start in late summer at HMP Lancaster Farms, as my hon. Friend said. We all recognise the power of sport and we are determined to harness it.