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    Twinning Project: first training course with AS Roma coaches for Rebibbia prisoners completed

    The first coaching course for Rebibbia prisoners as part of AS Roma's involvement in the Twinning Project ended yesterday, 3 June 2024.

    Certificates of attendance for the education and rehabilitation scheme were handed out to female prisoners – with male prisoners to receive theirs in the coming days – at an event which saw the participation of Rebibbia prison's female division director Nadia Fontana, AS Roma CEO Lina Souloukou and the Twinning Project founder David Dein, CEO Hilton Freund and Italy CEO Sasha Fugazzola.

    They were joined by FIFA Foundation executive chairman and former Argentina and Boca Juniors president Mauricio Macri, who was there to observe the innovative social project that has been financed by FIFA.

    The Twinning Project was launched in the United Kingdom and introduced to Italy by AS Roma after success in England, South Africa, America and Australia. It sees professional football clubs team up with penal institutions to offer prisoners concrete opportunities to prepare for their release, find a job and reduce the reoffending rate, which represents a huge cost to the country and local communities.

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    During the three-month course, AS Roma coaches ran weekly sessions within the prison to train male and female inmates to become future coaches. A total of 36 hours of theory and practical lessons were held, covering topics such as improving communication and reflection, team work, planning, leadership, resolving conflicts and improving physical and mental health.

    The club's involvement in this scheme is part of the Equality and Inclusion policy in AS Roma's sustainability strategy.

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