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.
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
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.