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Podcast: Premiership football, social responsibility and crime reduction programmes

In this podcast, Teesside University’s Dr Rosie Meek explains the role that Premiership football clubs and other sports organisations can play in steering criminals away from re-offending.

The psychology professor cites the “social responsibility strategy” of reigning European champions Chelsea as an example.

She says “sporting organisations need to be a little more committed. We’ve seen effective examples of Premiership football teams running specialist coaching sessions in British prisons and that works very well. Everybody benefits.

“Coaches from Chelsea worked with young men in custody and encouraged them to develop skills on the pitch which they could apply to their lives off the pitch. It was particularly effective way of reducing aggression and gave them an alternative to offending.”

Dr Meek is in Strasbourg today to take part in an expert seminar on sport in prisons, organised by the Council of Europe’s Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) , under the Andorran Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.

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