WHY WAS THE STREET SOCCER FOUNDATION FORMED?
Due to the fact that more young people across England and Wales are becoming homeless with the situation getting worse. Often a core reason for becoming homeless is a relationship breakdown which can stem from being long-term unemployed. In England more than 1 in 7 young people are currently unemployed. And the number of young people (aged 25 and under) who are homeless has tripled since 2014.
Homelessness is an isolating and destructive experience and homeless people are some of the most vulnerable and socially excluded in our society. The Street Soccer Foundation wants to help.
WHAT DOES THE STREET SOCCER FOUNDATION DO?
With the help of our official Business Supporters and Football Club Delivery Partners, we engage, coach, educate and inspire young people (18-24 year olds currently unemployed and/or homeless), taking course participants through our employability-driven Street Soccer development programme and supporting individuals into sustained employment using the power of football.
Our nationally acclaimed Street Soccer programme currently operates in London and the South East of England, supporting a number of local communities and young people. We can and are keen to do more.
Our structured programme includes both football coaching as the engagement activity – to improve participants’ physical and mental health and overall well-being; and to increase their fitness, confidence and enthusiasm for life. And our Skills to Succeed Academy – our employability-driven workshops, with mentoring support offered throughout the course. We operate a 12-week course for young people (aged 18-24) but also a 1-week intensive (‘Aspirations’) programme for anyone aged 25+.
Our Street Soccer programme has featured on the BBC’s ‘Match of the Day’ show. The video below features Jodie, who came onto our programme as a 19-year old living in temporary sheltered accommodation in Kent. Completing the course, she appeared in our interview with the BBC, and went on to be successfully selected to represent England at the Homeless World Cup in 2016.
Our Street Soccer programmes unite people from all different kinds of backgrounds to come together to support a greater sense of well-being within their local community. Helping people to realise their true potential.
The Street Soccer Foundation: Changing Lives through Football.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE STREET SOCCER FOUNDATION?
Like football, it’s a team game. The Street Soccer programme is a partnership-led social project. We count on the support of local Employers and other organisations to team up with us to make a real impact for the benefit of disadvantaged people in local communities across the country.
With the help of Business Supporters we continue to change lives. If you’d like to get involved and show your support please visit our Supporters page to find out more. In the meantime, here’s a little bit about our Founder:
Keith is an entrepreneur and business leader recognised by the Centre for Entrepreneurs and The Sunday Times as one of the UK’s most successful Businessmen supporting the next generation. He has more than a decade of experience working primarily within the areas of Enterprise and Employability and specifically for the benefit of the UK youth population. In his younger days Keith played for Millwall, Gillingham and Charlton Athletic but never quite made the grade to become a full time professional footballer. Keith created the programme for Street Soccer after learning of Homelessness statistics across England. He wanted to help the situation to benefit local communities and make a difference to young people’s lives. After receiving (non-financial) support from the PFA and securing a partnership with a Premier League Football Club to launch the project, The Street Soccer Foundation was formed.
The core management team is supported by the Street Soccer Foundation family: a mixture of Programme Advisors, Sponsors and Partners, and of course our brilliant delivery team made up of Football Coaches and Employability Co-ordinators. If you’d like to get involved and help support your local community please get in touch with us via the Contact page as we’re always happy to hear from individuals who have key strengths they can bring to the team along with a passion for helping others.