May 12, 2016


We have recently received the exciting news that ‘Comic Relief’ will be funding this incredible and life changing programme for the next 3 years!

The success of our grant proposal with ‘Comic Relief’ means that we are able to maintain and build on our successful re offending rate of 10% with the Get Onside project. The programme looks to:

  • Reduce the national reoffending rate (Currently at 69%),
  • Improve the life chances of the young men we engage with
  • Support greater family and community cohesion upon release

It is estimated that nearly £3billion is directly spent on the prison service each year with the average yearly cost to house 1 inmate to be between £33,000 and £36,000. Together with our partners HMP YOI Feltham we have been working in supporting young men through a coherent and structured personal development programme that utilises the strong values we have in rugby which are easily transferable into life (Work rate, Honesty, Humility and Discipline).

Steven (Get Onside Participant) spoke about the programme and said “The project helped to give me belief and direction and taught me that I must be true to myself to achieve.”

Throughout ‘Get Onside’ participants engaged on the programme will receive Educational Qualifications, Employment Mentors & Guest Speakers, Post Release Mentoring and Support with Substance Misuse. This processes look to provide the young men with the tools and strategy’s to navigate them away from flashpoints that could result in a relapse into offending.

Juliette Kelvin, Fundraising Manager at Saracens Sports Foundation commented, “To have successfully secured the funding from ‘Comic Relief’ is an incredible achievement we are so proud to be affiliated with ‘Comic Relief’ and to have gained this support from such an inspirational organisation. To have this 3 year funding allows us to focus and continue our support with the young men in Feltham.”

For more information on the Get Onside Programme, please contact Owain Davies, Sports Development Manager:

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