Each young person comes to us with a different starting point with different needs and aspirations, so every time the Street Soccer Foundation will be supporting a young person’s individual journey - whether that be through our Academy or Schools' programme:
The Street Soccer Academy
The Street Soccer Academy is the No.1 football-led project tackling youth homelessness in England. Our flagship programme comprises of a 10-week learning and development opportunity for 18-25 year olds (male and female) who are currently experiencing homelessness – or who may be deemed at risk of becoming homeless, such as ex-young offenders and NEETS (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
The fully structured Academy programme provides a fusion of: Professional Football Coaching; Growth/Positive Mindset Training; and Skills & Employability Workshops – with mentoring support offered throughout. This specially crafted ‘hat-trick’ enables young participants to fundamentally improve their mindset, identify employability areas of both capability and interest, and develop key essential soft skills to be ready and able to move into Work, Education or Further Training after successfully completing the programme.
The Street Soccer Academy programme also offers Employability training as well as the opportunity to secure work experience, including Maths and English Functional Skills.
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 ensures that from the very first session, everyone together is helping others: CHANGING LIVES THROUGH FOOTBALL.
Fundamentally the Street Soccer Academy is a positive mindset coaching programme, helping vulnerable young adults to build and improve their confidence, self-belief, health and well-being, aspirations and emotional intelligence. The Academy programme will educate, inspire and motivate this specific target group of young people by achieving high levels of engagement, which then sets a precedent for the interaction, learning and commitment from all involved.
Our Street Soccer Academy is a vital and proven intervention programme that complements education and learning through its delivery on key and essential soft-skills, all the while helping to identify employability prospects in those we support to then be able to effectively prepare our young people for the workplace. It is the crucial first step towards engaging a hard-to-reach target group and helps participants to turn their lives around for the better.
“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, Chelsea FC Ambassador & Former Player
Delivered together with our professional Football Club community partners, the Street Soccer Foundation is registered on the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKPRN: 10065113).
MENTORING SUPPORT FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
Through our Mentoring Club, we further assist the development of the young people we support by providing mentoring sessions, delivered either as group "Team Talk" sessions or 1-to-1 sessions as required. Moreover, once an Academy has been completed, we further seek to help individuals secure at least one of five progressive pathways, for which mentoring support can often continue. We endeavour to ensure each young person coming through a programme is mentally equipped with the right skills to become an asset to an employer.
The 5 pathways are:
Job (PT / FT)
Further Training/ Traineeship
Work Experience / Volunteering
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 vulnerable young people from 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 is now delivered across the Country through various delivery partnerships with professional Football Clubs and their community teams.
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.
The Street Soccer School
Designed as an Alternative Education Provision (AEP), the Street Soccer School programme includes a total of 10 hours professional football coaching, 10 hours of interactive and educational workshops, and Mentoring (“Team Talk”) sessions.
The Street Soccer School is essentially an off-shoot of the Street Soccer Academy but the fundamental purpose of this programme is to use football in a preventative manner by inspiring pupils to adopt happier and healthier lifestyles; as well as supporting those who struggle to engage in lessons and stay out of trouble.
The Street Soccer School programme focuses on soft skills development and features a series of mindset coaching and mentoring team-talk sessions that are centred around enabling students to improve their self-belief, build confidence and resilience, as well as improve their aspirations and outlook.
Overall, the Street Soccer School programme is primarily focused on inclusion and attendance as well as improving behaviour and engagement. The Street Soccer School programme partners with Primary and Secondary Schools aiming to support vulnerable and disengaged school students with the goal of: Changing Attitudes and Behaviours to effect Positive Future Outcomes.
Our TEEM APPROACH Model
“Football and mindset coaching are the integral elements to the Street Soccer Foundation and helps to make both the Street Soccer Academy and Schools' programmes 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 Foundation programmes so successful?
There are a variety of factors which make our programmes so successful at supporting and developing vulnerable young people, 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
- The enjoyment of the programme - young people want to stay on the programme
- Assessment of which pathway will best suit a young person once they graduate the programme
- Mentoring & Mindset - the training and support combined is the underlining successful ingredient: enabling the vast majority of the young people we bring onto a programme to truly execute on their learnings and have a genuine desire and belief to make things happen for themselves.
- “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”
- "Absolutely brilliant – I gained more confidence within myself and also made new friends. It was an experience I will always remember"
- "Life changing"
(Street Soccer Academy Exit Surveys 2019)
Each Street Soccer Academy programme focuses on a layering process with a ‘TEEM’ approach, following the same format:
These skills denoted above are equally applicable to employees in their first years of employment or those making a radical career change.
“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.”
Young person's Exit Survey - 2019
The Power of a Positive Mindset
Having the right, positive mindset is a crucial internal attitude for young people. Through our training of such, young 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 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 and Schools' programmes.
“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
Improving performance is about changing what we do – with a positive Mindset, people change willingly.
Our Mindset coaching seeks to provide an ‘ABC’ for every young person we support: Accelerated Behavioural Change.
PLEASE NOTE: The Street Soccer Foundation operates an Application & Selection process for our Academy programmes.
If you want to join an Academy or recommend or refer someone to us please contact our friendly team.
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 we have supported.
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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 nationally acclaimed 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 16-25. We run Academy programmes during the football season normally between August 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.
The School programme is currently delivered in the South East only and is delivered on campus in School grounds during Term times throughout the year. There is no application process; partnering Schools will select the students they wish to participate on our intervention programme.