Our Impact 

Youth Programmes - 2017/18

Sport for Development 

  • "It [rugby] gets rid of peoples’ tension. People are building relationships while playing. We’re not being violent but doing it through sport". 

  • "You can get your anger out in a positive way. You channel your emotions into performing better".


Mental Wellbeing

  • "I’m more positive and I think more clearly about life. It’s something to enjoy". 

  • "My mental willpower has increased remarkably". 

Relationship Building 

  • "I get along with them better now, particularly after the game. I didn’t used to talk to the staff but now I do".

  • "We played against the staff and it felt very positive".

These comments are taken from the cohort in 'Play is Training for the Unexpected'.

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Statistics from Youth Programmes - 2017/18

  • All participants improved their communication skills and team working abilities 

  • All participants improved their physical fitness, with an average improvement of 19%

  • All participants increased their impulse control; with 40% of participants having a 20% improvement.

These statistics are taken from the cohort in 'Play is Training for the Unexpected'.


Adult Programmes - 2016/17

Statistics based on completed feedback forms over six courses: 

98% agreed that the course had a positive impact with other inmates

95% agreed that the course had a positive impact on their mental wellbeing 

95% agreed that they felt better equipped to achieve their goals as a result of taking part in the course

94% agreed that the course had a positive impact on their self-confidence

89% agreed that the course helped them regulate their emotions more effectively.

Success Stories

"What 3Pillars offered us is support after our sentences. It was really, really liberating to know that when you get out of jail, you've got someone to go to for support, and gave us just a good experience in general." - Ex-Participant.

"At first it was just to get out of your cell and play rugby and then I quickly realised that building a relationship with Mike and a few of the other coaches that what they were doing was really good...

It beats most jobs that I've tried to do." - Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) Coach Assistant. 

External Reports on our Work

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‘A Sporting Chance’: An independent review of sport in youth and adult prisons, released in August 2018 by the Ministry of Justice and Professor Rosie Meek.


The review audited the provision of 21 different establishments and made 12 recommendations which calls for collaboration and innovation; 3Pillars Project featured as a positive case study in demonstrating the potential to improve young people’s lives through violence-reduction, sports-based programmes.

'Play is Training for the Unexpected': An Independent Evaluation of 3 Pillars Delivery in Cookham Wood HMYOI – February – April 2018.

"An evaluation of a sports-based prison initiative, which aims to promote desistance from crime and aid in rehabilitation and resettlement".

Masters Dissertation by a student from the Royal Holloway, University of London. 

Supervised by Professor Rosie Meek. 

The paper aims to explore prisoner experiences in relation to 3Pillars Project's sports-based intervention conducted at HMP Wandsworth and HMP Wormwood Scrubs.