The DIVERT programme aims to reduce the rate of reoffending in Lancashire by working with 18 to 25-year-olds in police custody across four police custody suites in the county; Blackburn, Blackpool, Lancaster and Preston.
Preston North End Community and Education Trust are one of seven football community trusts in Lancashire delivering the programme, with each club represented by their own Custody Intervention Coach. Olivia Preston is the Custody Intervention Coach for PNECET.
Coaches will work with young people in police custody, providing them with the chance to make positive life changes with the provision of training and employment opportunities, which aim to reduce the risk of them reoffending.
DIVERT has previously been delivered in a number of other policy custody suites nationwide, including in London where the programme has successfully helped to decrease reoffending rates.