Jodie (20) was homeless and had been sleeping rough on and off for 2 years after falling out with her Mum and Dad. To her own admission, she is now able to reflect on what she describes as a life-changing experience after graduating from the Street Soccer Academy course.

She was the first female to have both joined and successfully completed a Street Soccer Academy programme since the Foundation was formed back in 2015. On completing the programme Jodie was selected to represent England at the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow where she went on to captain her country at the tournament.

Jodie is now a Young Ambassador for The Street Soccer Foundation and alongside supporting other Academy programmes to help inspire other young people, she has also appeared on BBC’s MOTD, ITV and featured on BBC Radio Kent.

“Projects like Street Soccer are so important. They really help people in situations like I found myself. It really helps to give people a chance to show what they can do. They do an amazing job and I can’t thank them enough and as an Ambassador, I have loved every step of my journey with The Street Soccer Foundation.”