Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly expanded their famous duo on Monday 6th July to make room for one more; joined by HRH Prince Charles, the trio visited Parc Prison in Bridgend to check out the “Get Started with Football” programme, which is run in conjunction with Cardiff City FC Foundation and the Prince’s Trust for young offenders.
‘Get Started’ are short programmes that engage with young people between the ages of 16 and 25, and encourage the use of sport or the arts as a vehicle for personal development. Each programme adopts a theme, such as sport, drama or music to inspire its participants to take the first step in increasing their confidence, skills and employability.
Ant and Dec accompanied The Prince of Wales on his tour of the prison, where they met with young offenders and watched a football training session.
During the ‘Get Started with Football’ programme at Parc Prison, inmates complete a Football Leaders Award Level 1 & gain an Emergency First Aid for Football certificate.
Director for The Prince’s Trust Cymru, Lesley Kirkpatrick said;
“Our partnership with Cardiff City Community & Education Foundation is invaluable to offer opportunities for jobless young people across South Wales. We are particularly proud of our collaborative projects in Parc Prison that help young offenders build the skills, knowledge and motivation to succeed when they leave custody and return to society.”
Richard Archer, Head of Social Inclusion at Cardiff City FC Foundation added;
“The relationship we’ve built with both The Prince’s Trust and Parc Prison is one my team and I are extremely proud of. Seeing these young offenders throw themselves wholeheartedly into the course is very encouraging, and suggests that the work we’re doing here is having the impact we want it to, showing these youngsters that they can still turn their lives into something positive.”
“It’s a real privilege for them to have met The Prince of Wales, and Ant and Dec have been fantastic in bringing an entertaining element to the prison.”