Clinics, Competitions, & Scottish League
Give your PE a boost with something different, exciting, historic, and teeming with National Pride. You can choose from a singular event with a small group and a caber, an internal competition between floors (see below as example), and/or entrance into the US Prison Heavies League (USPHL), with bi-annual competitions and a travelling trophy which could live and be defended in your resistance suite. We also offer personal training, and a chance for prisoners to work together toward a common goal (i.e. being the best in the US). I'm eager to meet and discuss when it suits you.
EXAMPLE PROGRAM and FUNDING SOURCE
For this project, I've taken some direction from The Alliance of Sport's new sector wide Theory of Change – a vision for how sport can work together with the development and criminal justice sectors to achieve maximum impact.
The Package Includes:
- Brief history sessions about the Highland Games delivered to the participants by a published scholar on the subject (me). Either in classroom or in field.
- Thorough safety meetings (in the field) 15 minutes.
- 1hr 45min throwing sessions for each floor-team. I would suggest a training in the morning slot and scored attempts in the afternoon. We would stagger these so no team throws twice on same day.
- I will outfit teams in novelty kilts during the throwing sessions.
- Group and action photos for public relations optics.
- Registration with the Scottish Prison Heavies League (SPHL), currently under development.
- A meeting with PE staff to discuss bespoke training routines and infrastructure.
- Delivery of Olympic lifting training session. 1hr sessions during recreation time over the course of the first day in conjunction with the throwing clinics. This is of course optional for the initial launch. In the absence of a true O-lift station, we'll need rubber mats for the sessions (also an option for you to accommodate this type of training without having to build a platform immediately.
- Debriefing with staff and collection of feedback from participants for publications and pursuit of funding for future engagements.
Outcomes:As mentioned, this concept aligns with the core principles of the Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice Sector-Wide Theory of Change, Additionally, the outcomes are are aligned as well. In this section, I explain how this concept and "The document, drawn up by industry experts, establishes guidelines for building a solid national base of evidence to prove sport’s effectiveness at preventing criminal behaviour and rehabilitating offenders. It also sets out guidelines for how the impact of sport projects should be measured across five key performance indicators – in line with Government’s ‘Strategy for Sport' These KPI's are as follows:
Physical and Mental Wellbeing
Education and Training
Community and Social Development.
Below you will read specifically how our project alligns with these KPI's:
The valuable structure of this project creates many avenues of engagement. Participants engage with a University Lecturer in Sport, a SEC Trainer from Scottish Sport Institute, and with one-another as they strive on and off the field to win and keep possession of the travelling League trophy. Of course the simpler immediate reward for engagement may be a haggis dinner for the winning floor (which was your very creative idea).
Physical and Mental Wellbeing:
It is well understood that this is enhanced through athletic training and movement. The nature of the Heavy Events is to throw heavy objects. Although the implements are adapted to physical ability (various classes), it is meant to be physically challenging to strength, balance, will, and general concentration. It has also been proven that such activities can promote a sense of well-being and camaraderie. When used for team-building, it has shown to promote institutional pride.
Even though this is a team event, scores are individual. This means there will be high-scores among floors, institution, and in the wider Scottish League. Through Olympic lifting, individuals can strive toward the leader board, giving them a new skill to work on in the months leading up to competition. It could be quite an honourable thing to be the best at an event on one's floor, within in the institution, or even in all of Scotland's prisons. Individual pride related to improvement should be another positive result.
Education and Training:
This sport is steeped in history. Participants will learn a bit about this history and then feel closer to it through actively replicating the exact actions of the past. They will also be reminded that they themselves are making history through participation in this project. The associated skills learned in the weight room are not to be overlooked.
Community and Social Development:The activities have themselves become iconic in the wider tribal celebrations of Highland Games all over the world. Participants join this celebration, bringing the "outside" Scottish culture closer to them. Upon release, the likelihood of them attending or competing in Highland Games should be greatly enhanced. This is good for the community as well as the participant as it will lead to immediate socio-cultural immersion. Residual appreciation of the Games and Heavy Events may also increase among loved ones who support them, feeding the Scottish tourism industry.
Currently, the Theory of Change directly impacts England and Wales, but I'm sure the Alliance would be eager to expand into Scotland. Participation in the Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice could be yet another strength for our pilot. I would be remiss in not mentioning FUN among the positive outcomes. The scored events could include weight over bar, stone put, weight for distance, throwing the caber (space permitting)
I am very keen to visit your facility and attend any future meetings. Looking forward to further action!