Wests Tigers players coached by inmates

SUPPORTIVE: Back row L to R – Derek Haine (Assistant Superintendent, Goulburn Correctional Centre), Clair Schwenke (Fan Engagement and Community Officer, Wests Tigers), Shaun Spence (Fan Engagement and Community Manager), Justin Pascoe (CEO, Wests Tigers), Frances Crown (Services and Programs Officer, Goulburn Correctional Centre), Oscar Gonzalez (Coach Education Manager, Football NSW), Robert Scott (Head Coach, Southern Tablelands Football Association) and Heath Russell (President, Goulburn Swans Australian Football Club. Photo: Supplied NSW Corrective Services
SUPPORTIVE: Back row L to R – Derek Haine (Assistant Superintendent, Goulburn Correctional Centre), Clair Schwenke (Fan Engagement and Community Officer, Wests Tigers), Shaun Spence (Fan Engagement and Community Manager), Justin Pascoe (CEO, Wests Tigers), Frances Crown (Services and Programs Officer, Goulburn Correctional Centre), Oscar Gonzalez (Coach Education Manager, Football NSW), Robert Scott (Head Coach, Southern Tablelands Football Association) and Heath Russell (President, Goulburn Swans Australian Football Club. Photo: Supplied NSW Corrective Services

Players from the Wests Tigers were put through their paces by inmates from Goulburn Correctional Centre to celebrate the completion of a 10-week sports management and coaching techniques pilot program.

The program gave inmates an opportunity to learn coaching techniques, while also assisting with their personal development and self-esteem.

Goulburn Correctional Centre Governor Larry Bolger said the program was a great success, focusing on a variety of sports-related themes.

“The program taught inmates about team work and coaching while covering important topics including anti-harassment policies, nutrition and mental health awareness,” Mr Bolger said.

“They’ve also learnt skills that will help them reintegrate into the community and have developed discipline to reduce their chances of reoffending.”

Seven inmates took part in the program, which included an official course through NSW Sport and Recreation, team-building and problem-solving, and sports coaching techniques from rugby league, Australian rules and soccer.

The course also saw a number of guest presenters from local, and state and national sporting organisations, which included the Wests Tigers, who voluntarily ran sessions and shared their skills and knowledge with the participants.

The inmates also participated in a session on mental health awareness, with a speaker frombeyondblue, designed to provide a variety of support from improving health to addressing mental health issues.