3Pillars in the Media

Read our latest mentoring and prison rugby related news...

May 4, 2020

Rugby World on diversity in the sport

Rugby World, June 2020 Issue


The Diversity and Inclusion saw Alan Dymock of the sport's best read magazine interviewed us about diversity and social inclusion in rugby. 

December 4, 2019

3Pillars founder Mike Crofts on BBC Breakfast

3Pillars Project CEO, Mike Crofts, appeared live on BBC Breakfast this morning, where he discussed how we must prioritise ensuring prisons are able to deliver effective rehabilitation, saying "the current reoffending rate for adults leaving the Criminal Justice System is 48% within one year. That speaks to a system that is not currently functioning effectively". 

19 October 2019

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

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, 3Pillars' CEO, started 3Pillars Project to challenge “the failure of rugby to really penetrate inner cities, especially minority communities.”

13 December 2018

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

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

January 23, 2020

Clearscore CEO, Justin Basini on building resilience through boxing

Boxing Clever

Justin Basini, Clearscore CEO, one of the UK's fastest growing fintechs, stresses the importance of finding a healthy work life balance as a leader and CEO, to Facebook's GROW business feature magazine. Boxing with 3Pillars and one-to-one coaching from our coach Steve O'Meara has been a core pillar of this balance.


He highlights that "I lead by example, so my staff can see how I maintain balance. For me exercise is integral to managing stress, so I box and workout every week". 

December 3, 2019

3Pillars founder Mike Crofts on Victoria Derbyshire

3Pillars Project CEO, Mike Crofts commented to Victoria Derbyshire live this morning, joining discussion in the aftermath of the Fishmongers Hall attack that “we’re focusing on sentence lengths. We need to be talking about ‘what is prison for?...much of the current debate is a “distraction” to the real discussions that needs to happen"

25 July 2019

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

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.

December 18, 2019

"3Pillars Project is a brilliant charity that exists running rugby in prison"  - Ben Ryan, Rugby X and Olympic Champion on House of Rugby podcast

House of Rugby's Alex Payne discussed the power of rugby for marginalised communities in the UK with Ben Ryan and Mike Tindall, highlighting the 'excellent' programme that 3Pillars Project runs, taking rugby into prisons.

19 October 2019

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

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.

25 July 2019

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

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.