The Penitentiary Rugby program that uses training in values through the constant practice of rugby together with psycho-educational support as a tool to help prison inmates reintegrate into society.
More than 800 inmates in Venezuelan prisons receive weekly theoretical and practical training sessions given by the Alcatraz coaching team, allowing them to develop as rugby players. They also receive psycho-educational attention, thus enhancing their chances of social reintegration.
To improve their chances of successfully reintegrating into society, the Proyecto Alcatraz team started Diamante, a pilot plan to reinforce the individual and group psychological support provided throughout the process of transformation of the person who has decided to change.
It began with a plea from a former Proyecto Alcatraz participant who, on being detained after leaving the program, asked for a rugby ball to train in prison together with other inmates.
Over time, a team was set up and they asked for a coach from the Santa Teresa Foundation to give them weekly training sessions.
At the end of 2013, they took part, as a penitentiary team, in the Rugby 7s Tournament organized by the Santa Teresa Foundation.
Socially transform the person deprived of freedom through rugby, training in values and psycho-educational support.
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