Each young person comes to us with a different starting point, and different needs and aspirations, so every time it’s a young person’s individual journey through our Academy programme.
Our Academy programme
The Academy is our flagship programme: a 10-week course which supports each young person over a sustained period of time to achieve their chosen goals, which could be employment, education or training. It provides a fusion of professional football coaching for health and well-being purposes and our ‘Skills to Succeed’ employability-driven workshops - with mentoring support offered throughout.
Football is the national sport and is an incredible engagement tool. From the moment one of our coaches walks out onto the pitch with a bag of footballs, it can immediately trigger positive emotions in young people. And football as our core sporting practice, is the common theme throughout the delivery of the course ensuring that from the very first session, everyone together is helping others: CHANGING LIVES THROUGH FOOTBALL.
Through our Academy programme, participants become fitter and more active which in turn means their minds become fitter and more active too. As part of the programme we conduct Maths and English assessments but in a way which is relevant, fun and engaging – by using football examples to bring the subject matter to life, and ultimately help young people learn the skills they need to get and sustain a job.
“Street Soccer is using football as a positive force aiming to help vulnerable young people out of homelessness and unemployment and into a pathway that’s right and relevant for them. It's brilliant to see that football has the power to achieve so much for these young people”. Mickey Ambrose, Former Footballer & Chelsea FC Ambassador
Delivered in partnership with our professional Football Club partners, The Street Soccer Foundation is registered on the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKPRN: 10065113). Throughout the course we also provide the training of a positive mindset, to build confidence, self-belief, aspiration and emotional intelligence. The programme will educate, inspire and motivate young people by achieving high levels of engagement, which then sets a precedent for the interaction, learning and commitment from all involved.
Upon graduating the Street Soccer Academy our core aim is to improve the health and well-being of course participants and to improve overall confidence and motivation to want to improve their current situation. Moreover, we further aim to help individuals secure at least one of five progressive pathways, and to mentally equip them with the right skills to become an asset to an employer.
The 5 pathways are:
Further Training/ Traineeship
We are extremely proud to have initially launched our Street Soccer Academy in 2015 in partnership with Premier League Football Club, West Ham United and the West Ham United Foundation. Helping to support and develop vulnerable young people from within and across the East London Boroughs.
After receiving national acclaim from the likes of The Premier League, PFA, FA, the BBC and ITV, the Street Soccer Academy has since gone on to develop further partnerships with other Football Clubs and is now being delivered into more local communities across England.
Here is a short clip from our Academy programme in Kent, being run with EFL side Gillingham FC:
If you represent a Football Club and would like to run the Street Soccer Academy programme during the season for the benefit of vulnerable young people in your local community, please Contact Us.
Our TEEM APPROACH Model
“Football is the integral element to the Street Soccer Foundation and helps to make the Street Soccer Academy stand out as a unique opportunity and experience for young people to make a positive social change." Adam Lawrence, Head of Education, The Street Soccer Foundation
What makes the Street Soccer Academy so successful?
There is a variety of factors which make our programmes so successful at supporting young people into work, including:
- Using the power of football to engage, motivate and build skills
- Supporting young people with personal development and overcoming individual barriers
- Supporting with employability skills
- In-work support once a young person has progressed into work or training
- The enjoyment of the programme - young people want to stay on the course
- Assessment of which pathway will best suit a young person once they graduate the programme.
“Street Soccer helped me massively. They supported and encouraged me so much. The team at Street Soccer helped me to realise that I can do anything I want if I put my mind to it.”
Young person's exit survey - 2018
Each Street Soccer Academy course focuses on a layering process with a ‘TEEM’ approach, following the same format:
“Street Soccer helped me by building my confidence. Before the course, I did not want to socialise but now I am keen to take every opportunity that comes my way. I enjoyed the whole course, however, the highlight for me was getting to meet everyone else on the team and learning what they wanted from life.”
Young person's exit survey - 2018
The Power of a Positive Mindset
Having the right, positive mindset is a crucial internal attitude for young people. Participants will begin to believe in themselves and in their capacity to reach their goals and thus increase their own learning and development success.
Our Course Tutors will seek to nurture relationships which can provide an environment whereby course participants have a sense of belonging, a place where they feel connected. As such, the ground work is laid to enable a positive self-perception to develop and a pathway to achieve.
Engagement is a habit of mind and heart. And physical, mental, and emotional health, support engagement and learning. This is the underlying reason why we achieve such high levels of success on The Street Soccer Academy programme.
“The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their mind, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”
Our Mindset work sessions tackle a variety of modern-day business issues:
Passive and active disengagement
Conflict in and between teams
Bullying, stress, frustration and anxiety
Improving performance is about changing what we do – with a positive Mindset, people change willingly.
Our Mindset Workshops seek to provide an ‘ABC’: Accelerated Behavioural Change.
PLEASE NOTE: The Street Soccer Foundation operates an Application & Selection Process for its 10-week Academy courses.
Want to join a course? Or would you like to recommend or refer someone to us? Please contact our friendly team.
Our Academy supports 16-24 year olds who are out of work, education or training. We run courses all over the country in partnership with professional Football Club delivery partners.
And! Young people also get the opportunity to take nationally recognised qualifications during the Academy course. Plus receive a Free playing kit and Street Soccer Tracksuit to wear throughout.
Does it really work?
YES! To date, The Street Soccer Foundation has a staggering 100% success record for its Academy programme. A 100% record of achievement since we formed in 2015, helping all Academy graduates successfully move into Work, Education or Further Training following the completion of their course.
Check out our Case Studies section to read about young people who have come through the programme.
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REGIONS WE CURRENTLY SUPPORT
The Street Soccer Foundation is proud to have support from the PFA as well as the Football Association through The England Street FA, and to be partnered with professional football league clubs representing both The Premier League and The English Football League.
The Street Soccer Foundation runs our acclaimed Street Soccer Academy and personal development courses across the country in partnership with officially appointed professional level Football Club Delivery Partners and our Programme Sponsors, to support and develop young people in local communities nationwide. Our current Football Club partnerships are below:
The Street Soccer Academy courses are FREE and open to any young person currently homeless or unemployed, male or female, aged between 16-24. Course dates normally run from between September – December and February – April. As part of the delivery, we provide a free Lunch to all participants at each session, a full playing kit including a Street Soccer Tracksuit, and an opportunity to experience a private Stadium Tour of the professional Football league Club we partner with to deliver the local programme. Attending sessions does not affect individual benefits.