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Nottingham Forest launch pioneering partnership with Clean Sheet

Nottingham Forest FC are to offer employment opportunities for people with criminal convictions as part of a partnership with the charity Clean Sheet.

The two-time European Cup winners are the first professional football club to link up with Clean Sheet and their pioneering partnership will see people with convictions given the opportunity for a better future by finding real, permanent employment.

At the forthcoming Forest recruitment fair, Clean Sheet members will have the opportunity to apply for various matchday roles including stewarding, catering, ticket office and megastore.

The charity (an Alliance of Sport member) was founded in 2010 and has a directory of over 130 national employers. It works in partnership with businesses to look beyond the stereotype and consider applications on merit, skills and experience.

Working in partnership with employers, prisons and community-based organisations, Clean Sheet has supported 68 people into sustainable work this year.

Clean Sheet’s dedicated employment team undertakes a rigorous process to ensure that all potential members of the initiative are work-ready, and that any prior conviction will in no way jeopardise the business of a future employer. Naturally some individuals with serious convictions will not be able to participate in the scheme, as the wellbeing and welfare of everyone who comes into contact with the club is of paramount concern.

Clean Sheet CEO Jane Gould said: “We are beyond delighted that a football club with the standing and profile of Nottingham Forest FC should be the first in the UK to register as a Clean Sheet Employer.

“Quite simply, having secure employment changes lives and impacts positively on families and communities. We look forward to a really active and productive partnership with Nottingham Forest, to give hope of employment to individuals to find the first rung of that ladder to a better future.”

James Mapstone, Chair of the Alliance of Sport, added: “This is an excellent example of the sport sector thinking outside the box as they have more to offer offenders than just sport itself.

“As we saw when we visited 13 community sport organisations recently for our Review of Sport in Criminal Justice, sport was only part of what they offered in order to achieve their impact.

“The club badge can be a powerful motivator and everyone at a football club supports its success, on and off the field. They are part of the dream, which for many is all the incentive they need to seize that opportunity.”

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