Onside is a programme structured around discipline and education and is for serving offenders showing the motivation to change. The brainchild of Police Officer John Thornton who works as part of the Integrated Offender Management team based at HMP Leeds, John also works closely with TN and wanted to do more to move career criminals away from crime.
A partnership of West Yorkshire Police, HMP Leeds, Leeds Rhino’s and Tempus Novo has formed to give a dozen serving offenders the opportunity to (in many cases) come away from poverty and crime and enter mainstream society as a working, taxpaying member of society.
The course is designed around discipline through rugby skills , with some attendance at education compulsory. Hopefully at the end of the 10 week course, they will be better placed to make good decisions and be better people overall.