Corby Rugby Club is working in Partnership with BeNCH CRC and the Northamptonshire Police Integrated Offender Management team to use sport and coaching as a way to steer individuals away from crime.
The club is offering service users the chance to get physical exercise, “to let of steam” in a controlled environment, understand the laws and self discipline of the game at the same time as having valuable access to role models within the current team.
Corby Rugby Club’s General Manager and Head Coach Ricky Egan said “We are so pleased to be able to make the Rugby Club resources available to Bench Northamptonshire and the potential for both myself and playing staff to make a positive influence in the rehabilitation of ex-offenders in Corby.”
Jim Kellock, BeNCH CRC’s Interventions, Commissioning and Partnerships Manager in Northants, took the lead in developing the partnership following contact from Corby Rugby Club and developed the potential for Integrated Offender Management Police referrals to be included.
Nigel Grimmitt, Reach Project ETE Advisor, who coordinates referrals and monitors progress, attended the first training session and introduced his first two referrals and met staff and players. Jim and Nigel are very pleased for BeNCH and the local Police to be associated with such a worthwhile initiative and are confident that Corby Rugby Club will greatly enhance service users self confidence and motivation. This very positive option will potentially reduce the risk of re-offending amongst those who attend and persevere with the training.
Jim Kellock said “This project demonstrates how forming partnerships in the local community can offer a realistic chance for our service users to do something worthwhile for themselves. This will make a real difference to their personal development and self esteem, making it less likely they will go back to crime when they have completed their community order or post custody licence.”