Midlands Prison is celebrating the launch of its first Staff and Prisoners Sports Week. This week was organised by Midlands Work Training Unit and Laois Sports Partnership.
Joyce Clarke Chief Officer Work Training said “We have arranged different activities including a daily mile challenge, a marathon challenge, soccer tournaments, HIIT training sessions, Go 4 Life Programme, Basketball and other coaching sessions. Participation in physical activity is effective in reducing depression, anxiety and emotional distress, which is extremely important within a prison environment”.
Caroline Myers, Chief Operating Officer LSP said that she was delighted to partner with the Midlands Prison Work Training Unit in supporting their sports week as part of European Week of Sport. European week of sport aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe and it is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. Being Active leads to: Increased health benefits, better mental health, feeling great, confidence, and increase in productivity which is also hugely important within a prison environment for both prisoners and staff alike. The prison embraced activities such as basketball, soccer, badminton, boxing, Go for Life, fitness coaching, Zumba, yoga, pilates, daily mile challenges and marathon challenges. We will continue to work together with our partner agencies and local clubs and communities to create an environment that improves activity, health and wellbeing.”
In preparation for the Sports Week Klub Kildare Coaches provided a number of soccer coaching sessions over the last two weeks. Jamie Smith head coach with Klub Kildare said “It was a great opportunity to have the chance to coach the prisoners in the Midlands Prison. Having coached all over the world this was a unique opportunity to coach in a different environment. Klub Kildare are a new and growing club and will always look to help improve the standard of soccer and helping in the community is one of club objectives“.
Assistant Governor Raphael O’Keeffe said “Sports in prison improves the wellbeing of the people who work and live in prisons, staff improve their abilities to work as a team. For the prisoners in our care it develops the ability to live together and focus on a positive aspect in their lives”.
At The Launch was Assistant Governor Jimmy Keely, Steven Miller Laois Today, Ross King Laois GAA, Ciaran Cafferkey LSP, Uros Ivkovic Klub Kildare, Cameron Molly-Moules Sports Ireland, Aoife and Shane from Laois Leisure Centre, Caroline Myres LSP and Joyce Clarke Chief Officer Work Training.
Both staff and prisoners are looking forward to taking part in activities during this week.