3Pillars in the Media

3Pillars founder Mike Crofts and coach Steve O'Meara on Battersea Riverside Radio

22 October 2019

Mike and Steve spoke to Riverside Radio about what inspired Mike to found 3Pillars Project, Steve's journey from participant to coach, and our work delivering sports-based mentoring for young people in custody or at risk of crime. Listen here.

Kyle Sinckler and his mum-pleasing try epitomised the enterprising and spirited victory England needed - and one they delivered

19 October 2019

The Telegraph reports on Kyle Sinckler's performance for England in the Rugby World Cup. They note that Sinckler will forever be associated with Graveney School in Tooting and the Battersea Ironsides club, where Mike Crofts, 3Pilars CEO, started 3Pillars Project to challenge “the failure of rugby to really penetrate inner cities, especially minority communities.”

How Steve O’Meara went from prison back to the boxing ring – via rugby

25 July 2019

Steve O'Meara tells The Times' rugby correspondent Alex Lowe, about how a 3Pillars rugby course in prison has seen him turn around his story. Driven by a desire to show his children the importance of redemption, Steve is now coaching young boys from London's most disadvantaged communities.

'No judgment. We just run': inside San Quentin's 1,000 Mile Club

25 July 2019

3Pillars Project CEO, Mike Crofts tells The Guardian why sport for young men in prison is as important for them to stay mentally healthy, as well as keeping physically fit. When people leave prison mentally healthy, we benefit society as a whole.

Pudsey awards Lambeth £60,000

1 July 2019

The magazine announces 3Pillars Project as a recipient of a three-year grant to support our work in Lambeth, from BBC Children in Need, in their highlight of the month. 

See July's highlights here

Local Lambeth projects awarded £60,000 from BBC Children in Need

18 May 2019

The article announces 3Pillars Project as a recipient of a three-year grant to support our work in Lambeth, from BBC Children in Need.

See full article here

Meet Jason McKoy: a bastion of sport for social impact

12 February 2019

The article features 3Pillars Project's Lead Mentor, Jason McKoy, and details his vast experience in delivering high-impact programmes with at-risk young people. 

See full article here

3Pillars opens up new opportunities for young people at risk

13 December 2018

The featured article gives an insight into 3Pillars Project's expansion to offer more development and employment opportuntities for young people through fitness and wellbeing.

See full article here

IRONSIDES STALWART TAKES HIS SKILLS TO THE 3 PILLARS PROJECT: Paddy Flynn joins the 3 Pillars at a Hackney Pupil Referral Unit (PRU)

13 December 2018

The featured article gives an insight and reflection of 3Pillars Project's delivery at a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) working in partnership with Ironsides Senior player, U21 Coach and Vice Chair of Youth Rugby, Paddy Flynn.

See full article here

The value of contact sports in youth custody

7 December 2018

3Pillars Project founder and CEO, Mike Crofts, responds to the Sport for Development Coalition's monthly theme of 'Sport's role in reducing crime with an article on the value of contact sports and youth custody for positive development.

See full article here

Crofts Fears Naught

22 November 2018

3Pillars Project founder and CEO, Mike Crofts, has been given the Royal Humane Society’s bronze medal for his brave actions during the tragic events of March 22, 2017. 

See full article here

Former Hereford rugby player risked his life during terrorist attack

22 November 2018

3Pillars Project founder and CEO, Mike Crofts, has been given the Royal Humane Society’s bronze medal for his brave actions during the tragic events of March 22, 2017. 

See full article here

A Sporting Chance

11 August 2018

3Pillars Project featured as a positive case study in  'A Sporting Chance', an independent review by Professor Rosie Meek and the Ministry of Justice into the role of sport in prisons. 
See full review here

The military entrepreneurship manifesto

9 July 2018

3Pillars Project founder and CEO, Mike Crofts, contributed to the Military Entrepreneurship Manifesto, drawing on our teams' experiences of serving in the Armed Forces and how they can be applied to a start up. 
See full report​ here

HM Prison Cookham Wood

1 July 2018

The featured article gives an insight into the work 3Pillars undertakes and the positive impact of the course at HMYOI Cookham Wood, including perspectives from participants, coaches, Prison Officers, and teachers.
See Issue 3 here

UKSDN Conference: The value of sport in prisons 

20 June 2018

Professor Rosie Meek spoke at the UK Sport Development Network (UKSDN) Conference on 3Pillars Project's work and the value of sport in prisons. 
See full article here

Phillip Lee MP: For most offenders sport is the first step in a virtuous path to rehabilitation

12 March 2018

Justice Minister Dr Phillip Lee writes on sport’s transformational properties for our vulnerable and offenders, saying, "Charitable and not-for-profit organisations like Fight for Peace, Street Soccer and the 3Pillars Project have demonstrated the ability of well-structured, supervised sports programmes to affect positive change."
​See full article here

Prince Harry joins 10,000 fans to watch England train

16 February 2018

3Pillars Project coaches discuss our work with Prince Harry and Jonny Wilkinson at England Rugby's open training session in support of Try For Change, a joint venture between England Rugby and Sport Relief.
See full article here

Outdoors endurance activities for prisoners 

31 January 2018

A parliamentary debate took place debating and championing the use of outdoor endurance activities for prisoners. 3 Pillars Project was proud to be acknowledged by Rory Stewart, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, for our contribution, and in particular, our military element. 
See full video here

'Everyone finished and took a lot of pride': prisoners on the parkrun

1 December 2017

​3Pillars Project is cited by Professor Rosie Meek as an example of an organisation using sport to engage prisoners in education and reduce re-offending.
See article here

Mike Crofts: How can rugby support the criminal justice system? 

31 October 2017

3Pillars Project founder and CEO, Mike Crofts, discusses the work of 3Pillars Project with Ed Bowers, host of 'The Sport Industry Access Podcast'. Source 

The Rugby Business Network: In conversation with Mike Crofts

19 October 2017

​​3Pillars Project founder and CEO, Mike Crofts, discusses the work of 3Pillars Project and the role of rugby in reforming prisoners. Source

The 3 Pillars Project: a course set to revolutionise rehabilitation

31 October 2017

​​3Pillars Project founder and CEO, Mike Crofts, discusses the work of 3Pillars Project and the role of rugby in reforming prisoners. Source

Impact of Sport on Desistance

October 2017

​​3Pillars Project featured in an article on the impact of sport on desistance. See full article here

Telling young men to suppress their anger is a dangerous game - society must give them an outlet

21 April 2017

​Charlotte Leslie, Conservative MP for Bristol and North West, discusses the role of sport in giving young men and outlet for their anger and cites the work of 3Pillars Project. "The '3 Pillars Project' charity, set up by ex-soldier Mike Crofts, uses rugby in prisons to help rehabilitate inmates and is specialising in the mental health needs of men and the crises of masculine identity many face.”
See full article here

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