A series of meetings on the relationship between sport and social rehabilitation

Use sport as a means of rehabilitation for those who are detained in prisons, but also to offer them a concrete opportunity for reintegration at the time of the end of their sentence. This was the content of the training course held in the week of April 19 by the UISP Ciriè Settimo Chivasso Committee and which involved about 20 Instructors and Educators, also giving rise to an interesting debate between the rehabilitation system of Italian prisons and the from other European countries. The series of meetings was held by Matteo Altare, a graduate in Psychology with a Master in Forensic Criminology, also a former volunteer of the Civil Service for the Territorial Committee, who took part in the project precisely because of his qualification in his year as a civilian. European RE [ENTER]. In RE [ENTER] the Ciriè Settimo Chivasso Committee has in fact taken on the role of partner together with 7 other European realities – two Romanian associations, one Cypriot, one Finnish, one Portuguese, one Spanish and the Greek University of Thessaly – coordinated by Freedom Gate Greece association, which at this juncture carried out the task of leader. The project has set itself the goal of training adults who carry out voluntary activities in prisons, in order to provide them with various tools to facilitate the social recovery of prisoners, but also to improve their living conditions inside. of custodial institutions. For our Territorial Committee, re-integration and social redemption can take place through sports practice.

And it is precisely on this that Altare’s lessons were concentrated, held in videoconference mode, which well illustrated the benefits of sport from a physical, psychological and social point of view. “Taking care of an inmate, trying to guarantee him a minimum of physical and social activity is a great way to remind us that we are dealing with a person. With faults, of course, but for which in fact he is paying and above all with needs and rights. It is very important, when operating in these conditions, to neglect moral judgment “, explained Altare to those present, underlining the importance of sport. “Sport and physical activity have a double advantage: it is simple, cheap and concretely practicable for operators, but at the same time it contributes to the development and fulfillment of prisoners, conveying important values ​​such as team spirit, fair play , solidarity and tolerance ”.

Sport, therefore, not only becomes a useful tool in prisons to relieve stress and decrease aggression, but it can also become a preparatory means for rehabilitation given its “curative” nature. The expected effects of sport as a rehabilitation activity, in fact, are manifold: the increase in the employment of prisoners and ex-prisoners in the professional sport sector – very well highlighted by the experience of UISP Alessandria, where many subjects have embarked on the path of amateur referees and some have even arrived in FIGC – the increase in legality in areas with a high rate of social exclusion with consequent growth in social security and development of the territory, the improvement of the urban fabric in the most critical areas and finally the abolition of relapse. “We cannot consider the inmates as leftovers from society. Criminal activity can take place, it is human, and it is utopian to think of the complete disappearance of crime. This is why it is important to correct the problems that generated it. This is the true indication of how healthy a society is ”concluded Altare.