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Jamie Grundy

What Jamie does

Jamie has several roles across the field of sport and criminal justice. Firstly, he is an author of a new book, 90 Minutes of Freedom, detailing time he spent with HMP Prescoed FC, the only prisoner football team in Wales playing in a community league. He also works for a social enterprise called Inside Out Support Wales, coaching and mentoring people with convictions into self-employment, employment or education (including in the sport sector). He also works on an employment training programme for the School of Hard Knocks.

How they come to the Alliance of Sport?

Jamie’s association with the Alliance of Sport began by meeting our COO, Justin Coleman, at the Erasmus+ event in Brussels. Jamie, then employed by Cardiff Metropolitan University, was trying to develop pan-European research projects around physical activity inside prisons and post-release.

What we did to help

The Alliance of Sport invited Jamie to a Ministry of Justice meeting where he was introduced to Prof. Amanda Kirkby, Prof. Rosie Meek and Anna Upson of the HMPP National Research Committee. There, he was given priceless access to expert guidance and practical tips which enabled him to successfully apply for approval to conduct research inside HMP Prescoed. Jamie has also relied on our Theory of Change as a model for how behaviour change can be achieved through the prism of sport within criminal justice.

Our impact

“My book simply wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for the Alliance of Sport bringing me together with the MoJ and other people from across the sector on that hot August afternoon,” says Jamie.

“The Alliance of Sport gives you a very specific platform around sport and physical activity and linking it to the criminal justice agenda. That encompasses the full range, from diversionary activities for young people to projects in prisons to how sport has helped people in their journey of desistance and rehabilitation. Accessing sport activity right across the board in criminal justice has been a huge help to my work.”

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