WHY WAS THE STREET SOCCER FOUNDATION FORMED?

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Almost 1 in 10 people say they have been homeless at some point, with a fifth of these people saying it happened in the last five years. The fear is that with so many homeless people hidden from view, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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 Community Partners, Business Supporters and professional Football Club Delivery Partners; we engage, motivate, coach, educate and inspire young people, taking course participants through our employability-driven Street Soccer Academy development programme and support individuals into sustained employment (or other suitable progressive pathway), using the power of football.

Our nationally acclaimed Street Soccer Academy 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 10-week course 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. Then our ‘Skills to Succeed’ employability-driven workshops provide 10 x developmental modules that are delivered over 10 weeks, with mentoring support offered throughout. During the course, participants will develop vital employability and work-readiness skills such as:

  • Communication, Organisation, Goal-setting, Personal budgets, Team-working, CV-writing, Job  search, Presentation skills, Interview techniques…  and more.

Our Street Soccer Academy has featured on the BBC’s ‘Match of the Day’ show. The video below 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.

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 Academy 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 young 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 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 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.

Keith Mabbutt , Founder & Academy Director

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.