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Coaching's Power to Engage with Offenders

Coaches from the Brighton Table Tennis Club have been coaching offenders in prisons for the last two years. Mike Dale finds out more about the process – and the positive impact on prisoners, coaches and society at large

Coaches understand sport's power to bring about profound change in and for the people who take part. The potential to harness that power to tackle societal problems such as crime is now being widely acknowledged.

Sport's profile as a deterrent from criminal behaviour, and to rehabilitate those caught up in a damaging cycle of crime, is on an upward trajectory.

Take, for an example, John McAvoy, Professor Rosie Meek, David Dein's Twinning Project and the Alliance of Sport for the Desistance of Crime. They all provide excellent evidence of sport's growing credence as a tool for reducing crime

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