NACRO started out in 1966 as a crime reduction project in England and Wales with the goal of creating a safer and more inclusive environment to improve the quality of life for different communities. Beginning in 1995, NACRO incorporated a football programme to engage vulnerable youths and help them socially integrate, while developing their social and life skills. The organisation has attracted a large number of volunteers who, together with knowledgeable staff members and local authorities, engage and inspire around 15,000 youths. One such volunteer is Steve Mowlem who, as a teenager, fell on hard times, left home, lived beneath Bournemouth Pier, and acquired a serious drug addiction. Only through his involvement with Nacro was Steve able to halt this downward spiral.