Pete Bell – Step Out Stay Out
What they do
Pete works in prisons delivering his bespoke Step Out Stay Out football-based mentoring and education programme. His work is inspired by lived experience, having served three months of a six-month sentence inside HMP Lincoln in 1992. He is a coach educator and mentor and is also involved in crime prevention and intervention work in the community, including his Jumpers 4 Goalposts event on Nottingham’s Clifton Estate.
Why did they come to Alliance of Sport?
Pete contacted us for help getting his message across to people within the criminal justice system who were potentially hard for him to access by himself. He wanted to expand his work in the Secure Estate and get advice on adapting his programme to achieve maximum impact with offenders, both while serving their sentences and post-release.
What we did to help
The Alliance of Sport promoted Step Out Stay Out’s methods and impact to a wide audience (see examples of our news stories on Pete’s work here, here, here and here). This helped Pete link up with fellow practitioners across the sector and exchange tips on best practice and problem solving.
Pete says: “I’ve gained so much interest and it’s allowed me to talk with so many people who share a collective to effect change. You are also at the end of the phone should I need to talk, which is invaluable for a solo practitioner like myself. ”
Pete comments: “The Alliance of Sport has been hugely supportive in promoting the work that I have done so far. It can occasionally be a tough and lonely experience trying to drive and expand this work on my own, so to have the backing of the Alliance of Sport is very reassuring and motivating. I cannot state enough how much help I’ve been given and how much it means to me.”