Each young person comes to us with a different starting point with different needs and aspirations, so every time The Street Soccer Foundation is supporting a young person’s individual journey through our Academy or Schools' programme.
The Street Soccer Academy
The Street Soccer 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 further 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 from business professionals and sponsors.
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.
“The Street Soccer Foundation is brilliant, the way it uses football as a positive force to help vulnerable young people out of homelessness and unemployment and into a pathway that’s right and relevant for them. 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 provide the training of a positive mindset, to build confidence, self-belief, aspiration and emotional intelligence. The programme educates, inspires and motivates 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, young course participants will improve their health and well-being and overall confidence and motivation to want to better their current situation. Moreover, once a course has been completed, we further seek 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 the 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 surrounding the Club.
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.
If you represent a Football Club and would like to run the Street Soccer Academy programme during the season for the benefit of vulnerable and homeless 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 both the Street Soccer Academy and Schools' programme stand out as a unique opportunity and experience for young people to make a positive social change."
Adam Lawrence, COO, 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 our 10-week Academy courses.
Want to join an Academy? 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 (whilst we work with Schools across the Country to run a similar version - The Street Soccer School - for dis-engaged students of varying ages and Year groups).
We run programmes all over the country in partnership with professional Football Club delivery partners. And! Young people also get the opportunity to sign-up to take nationally recognised qualifications during the Academy course. Plus all participants receive a free lunch each day and an official Street Soccer playing kit to wear.
Does it really work?
YES! The vast majority of young people coming onto our Academy programme since 2015 have successfully moved into Work, Education or Further Training following the completion of their course.
Check out our Case Studies section to read about some of the young people who have come through the programme.
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REGIONS WE CURRENTLY SUPPORT
The Street Soccer Foundation is proud to have the (non-financial) support from the PFA, as well as the Football Association, Premier League and EFL, and to be partnered with a number of professional football league clubs representing both The Premier League and The English Football League.
Our Academy programme is specifically delivered in partnership with coaching teams from within the charity arm of each Football Club partner of ours, be that a Foundation or Community Trust. Here below are our current Football Club partnerships established across the country to help communities nationwide:
CRYSTAL PALACE STREET SOCCER ACADEMY (CO-DELIVERED WITH SUTTON UNITED FC) (SOUTH EAST LONDON & SURREY)
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 run during the football season normally from between September to December, and January to May. As part of the delivery, we provide a free Lunch to all participants at each session, a full Street Soccer playing kit (shirt, shorts and socks), 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.