WHY DOES THE STREET SOCCER FOUNDATION EXIST?

In today’s society, everybody should have a place to live. But – more young people across England and Wales are becoming homeless with the situation getting worse.

Homelessness among young people in particular, is a major social problem, with a suggested fifth of young people now homeless here in the UK (according to The London Assembly).

Young people with experiences of homelessness are one of the most vulnerable groups in society.
Often a core reason for becoming homeless is a relationship breakdown which can stem from being long-term unemployed: 49% of cases have been reported where the primary cause of youth homelessness is a family breakdown; and 44% of these cases have shown these young people not being in Work, Education or Training (NEETS).

In England there are now more than 1 in 7 young people currently unemployed and in need of our help. And 1.3 MILLION young people aged 16-24 who have slept rough this past year (according to research from the University of Cambridge).

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 and see an end to homelessness and youth unemployment in the UK.

Our Street Soccer Academy has featured on the BBC’s ‘Match of the Day’ show. The video features Jodie, who came onto our course 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 courses 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.

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 in 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 established the Street Soccer Academy after learning of Homelessness statistics across England. He wanted to help the situation to benefit local communities and make a difference in 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 charity, The Street Soccer Foundation was formed.

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Keith Mabbutt, Founder & CEO

OUR STREET SOCCER UTD TEAM

The senior management team is supported by the Street Soccer Foundation family: a mixture of Business Advisors and Mentors, Supporters and Sponsors, and our brilliant Delivery Partners, made up of FA qualified Football Coaches and Employability Co-ordinators at the professional Football Clubs we partner with.

The Senior Management Team

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As Founder & CEO, Keith leads by example and oversees both the delivery of the Academy programmes and the overall growth and development of the Foundation.

“Ultimately, The Street Soccer Foundation is a non-profit charitable partnership. A collective of game-changing minds all committed to wanting to help end youth unemployment and homelessness in this Country and to inspire the next generation to believe in themselves to affect the best possible outcomes”.

Kevin Tewis

A visionary entrepreneurial commercial marketing strategist who leads with game changing ideas from concept to delivery. Most famed for his work towards the Gen-Z audience in entertainment, creative agency and professional services but also millennials through his work with Facebook and UNILAD.

“My aim has always been to be a strong change agent, to cut through the noise, positively disrupt markets in order to create sustainable, LOVED challenger brands. My ethos is that It’s not about being first anymore, it’s about being the best on a regular basis.”

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Fran has spent the last decade building successful multimillion pound businesses and brings a wealth of strategic knowledge to the team. Across a diverse range of industries, Fran’s core values are to Give, Connect and Grow.

She has supported over 1,000 people to establish their own successful businesses and continues to be a key spokesperson for enterprises in the UK. Around her business interests she is an enthusiastic keynote speaker and has extensive experience in building and delivering leadership development programs.

Fran also has sport in her blood having spent most of her youth as a competitive skier achieving many national titles.

“In the relatively privileged society that we live it is shocking that so many young people face challenges such as having a safe place to sleep at night. The work that The Street Soccer Foundation do is not only courageous, but also essential. The vehicle of football unites all cultures, backgrounds and ages and becomes the perfect catalyst for change. I feel honoured to be part of such fantastic organisation that is making a real impact and literally changing lives.”

Kay

Kay has had more than 30 years’ experience in Sport and particularly Football. She has worked at all levels of football from grass roots to elite across non-league and professional clubs.

She is passionate about changing lives using the power of football to engage all ages and has championed many projects delivering life changing outcomes for individuals and local communities that include sports participation, education, employability, health and inclusion programmes and empowering communities to be stronger and more cohesive.

Kay was also part of the Government working group on the ‘Change for Life’ programme and won an industry award for Innovative Partnership work for her work with communities.

“I believe that everyone deserves a second chance and has access to services to support their needs and to be able to take part in activities at all levels regardless of ability, educational attainment or background.”

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Adam has developed great experience within the education & training and charity sectors, having previously held roles as the Chief Executive Officer of Gillingham Football Club Community Trust, as well as delivering education at professional football clubs as a qualified teacher.

Having previously gained a degree in Sports Development and Coaching Sciences at Bournemouth University and later completing a PGCE in Secondary Education, Adam has a track record of developing unique education and training provisions for groups across the South East.

A qualified PE teacher, Adam also has good experience and understanding of schools, and of delivering sports sessions and projects to young people.

“The Street Soccer Foundation has such passion to support vulnerable people through sport. I am honoured to be a part of the team, which strives daily to develop innovative and unique projects to help others.”

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Laurence has more than 20 years’ corporate finance and fund management experience advising on transactions with a total value in excess of £15 billion.

He is also a comedy novelist, researcher in Artificial Intelligence at Imperial College London, and founding alumnus of Google's Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Center.

“Once Keith formed The Street Soccer Foundation and told me as to why he had done so I immediately wanted to support him. The work of the Foundation is crucial to give disadvantaged young people a supporting hand to develop and create a better future for themselves.”

Rebecca Beard

Rebecca is an award-winning fundraiser, with a background in b2b marketing and events. She started fundraising in 2012, by running 12 marathons in 12 months, raising in excess of £40,000 for charities close to her heart.

Since then, she has dedicated her working (and a lot of her personal life) to helping charities to raising more money for their beneficiaries.

“I have witnessed the journey the programme is taking young people on in just a matter of weeks. You get to see the impact of your donation from day one. I love the fact that I can walk on to a football pitch and spend time with the young people benefiting from the Street Soccer Academy programme – in the early weeks of the programme, we hear their stories and the hardship they’ve endured, then towards the end of the programme, seeing the change in their attitude, wellbeing and hope for the future.”

Andrew Norton
A 1st class honours graduate from the University of Kent, Andrew has spent the past 6 years working extensively across multiple sports/exercise disciplines in strength and conditioning, football coaching and sports massage, having qualified in all of the above fields. A keen interest to detail and intrigue to learn more has seen Andrew seize upon every opportunity that he has been presented with at Street Soccer. I support the Street Soccer Foundation because it gives me the opportunity to impart the knowledge I’ve learnt to people who want to make a difference and do something they enjoy.

HELP US AND GET INVOLVED WITH THE STREET SOCCER FOUNDATION

Like football, it’s a team game. The Street Soccer Foundation is a partnership-led social project. We count on the support of local employers and business professionals to team up with us to make a real impact for the benefit of disadvantaged young people in local communities across the country.

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. And with the help of Official Business Supporters, we continue to change lives.

The core management team is supported by the Street Soccer Foundation family: a mixture of Business Advisors and Mentors, Sponsors and Partners, and of course our brilliant delivery team made up of FA qualified 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.