Bristol Rovers FC and their Community Trust have twinned with HMP Bristol to help tackle the UK's re-offending rate.
The twinning project, which was launched last year, aims to bring professional football clubs and prisons together to prepare prisoners for release.
32 football clubs, including Bristol Rovers, have agreed to engage in the Twinning Project and pair with their local prison.
Through the initiative, selected football clubs, in conjunction with other football bodies, will work with PE officers from the Prison Service to deliver coaching, stewarding, lifestyle skills and other employability-based qualifications to prisoners in order to help prepare them for release.
As well as this, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) will deliver refereeing courses. These qualifications will provide a route to paid employment which has been proven as a key factor in reducing reoffending and helping prisoners to rebuild their lives.
Adam Tutton, Community Trust CEO commented: “We are delighted to have been selected to twin with HMP Bristol. Currently in the UK, 63.8% of adults reoffend in the first 12 months after release and lack of paid employment on release is the number 1 issue for reoffending.''
''The support and qualifications we are able to offer these offenders will help rebuild their lives and offer them routes into paid employment, as well as reducing the huge financial burden reoffending costs the UK taxpayer”.
Other clubs involved with the Twinning Project include Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.