Working in close partnership with the Saints Foundation, and with funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, we have been using sport as a catalyst for change, and we are very proud of the huge successes achieved by individuals. Sport really has changed their lives for the better!

 The project offers free educational, sport and employment support activities to adults who are affected by the harmful impact of substance misuse, homelessness, poor mental health and involvement with the Criminal Justice System.

We offer a structured timetable of activities, which includes gym sessions, cycling, Tai Chi, golf, fishing, keep fit, boxing and of course, football – there is something for everyone!

Alongside the physical activities we also offer many other opportunities for people to develop their skills and confidence, including access to training and education, with courses such as Health and Social Care, First Aid, Stewarding, Criminology and Customer Service available. We also have a brilliant partnership with Whitbread and their Premier Inn hotels, which provides a two-week work placement for people accessing the project and this has resulted in many of them securing both part-time and full-time employment.

Saints4Sports also works in partnership the criminal justice system, approved premises and supporting agencies, and engagement with the programme is a compulsory requirement for people within the Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Service and/or people with a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR).