We believe in giving people a second chance and an opportunity to right the wrongs.
The 'Sporting Chance' programme offers ex-offenders soon to be released back into the community an opportunity to gain and develop employability skills for working within the sport and leisure industry.
In conjunction with the Hamara Centre in Beeston, West Yorkshire Probation Trust is funded by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund 'Reaching Communities' programme.
Running on a weekly basis the programme will welcome around 350 young people over the 5 year period and provides football related activities to help channel their energy into sport and prevent offending and reoffending through low level crime and anti-social behaviour.
The Leeds United Foundation provides the funding for football related activities and education to help young people avoid crime and encourage them to channel their energy into taking part in sport and becoming role models for others in their community.
- Offenders cost HMP Leeds £40,000 per person, per year to house on remand*
- 60% of short-sentenced prisoners commit another crime within a year of being released