Dec 13, 2016
House of Commons Reception
The Saracens Sport Foundation last night held a hugely successful evening at the House of Commons.
The evening itself focused around the work of one of its programmes, the Get Onside Project. The project works with Young Offenders within Feltham YOI and we were delighted to be joined by past participants Steven and Tim, who shared their experiences with guests which included Ministers, MP’s and notable figures from within the Sport for Change movement. Steven was then joined on stage by Maro Itoje, Brad Barritt and Jamie George who in turn spoke about why they chose to give their time to the Foundation and why this programme in particular is so important to them.
Nick Gourlay, Social Inclusion Manager delivered a truly eye opening speech which looked into the ways in which the programme has delivered such outstanding results across its 7 cycles.
The programme boasts only a 10% reoffending rate compared to the national average of 69%. He highlighted the key issues faced by participants in their rehabilitation and how the programme is tackling these head on. One of the keys to success is our partnership with HMP YOI Feltham who we deliver the programme alongside and without whom none of this fantastic work would be possible.
We would like to thank everyone who made this evening possible, in particular Stephen Crabb for hosting and Sir John Randall for making the concept a reality. Our thanks also go to Allianz for their ongoing support and for kindly sponsoring the event.
If you would like any more information about the Get Onside Project please do get in touch with our Social Inclusion Manager Nick- Nickgourlay@saracens.net