Changing perspectives | Paddy’s story

Paddy Maloney started playing with Street Soccer in 2020 after hearing about sessions from programme manager in Edinburgh, Robbie Wood, and despite being part of football sessions almost every week, he never imagined he’d be pulling on a Team Scotland shirt at a World Cup – especially as an Irishman. He reflects on what he […]

Development in Dundee | Alan and Byron’s journey

Local lads Alan and Byron are teaming up to make a difference to the ongoing development of Change Centre Dundee and believe that their lived experience can help players within the community. Alan, who is Operational Coordinator in Dundee has recently moved in to the second year of his placement with the Rank Foundation and […]

Former captain urging on Team Scotland after positive change journey

Former Team Scotland captain, Andy Fyffe, is going from strength to strength as part of programmes at Change Centre Dundee and is keeping a keen eye on all the action in Sacramento. Andy led the men’s team at the Street Soccer Nations Cup, which was held in Dundee last September. After a turbulent time during […]

“The greatest honour” | Gary’s story

Gary found a safe space at Street Soccer sessions during a turbulent time of his life and was later given the chance to captain Team Scotland at a Homeless World Cup. He’s now keen to support the squad travelling to Sacramento by reflecting on his own experience. Selected to represent the national team at the […]

“I want to find ways to help others.” | Alan’s story

By becoming the youngest member of staff at the Change Centre in Dundee, Alan Gilmartin believes the experiences he has had since then has allowed him to become a more confident and stronger person. Alan joined the team in Dundee late in 2022 as an operational support assistant and feels his progression has been massive. […]

A life-changing year in Dundee | Kirsty’s story

The Change Centre in Dundee is changing lives of players in the community through football and connection. Kirsty, who was a Team Scotland player at the Street Soccer Nations Cup, believes that finding a sense of purpose through engaging with Street Soccer programmes, has changed her life forever. After playing football competitively for many years, […]

Using football for change | Colleen’s story

Colleen first visited a Street Soccer session five years ago. After experiencing a turbulent lifestyle during her school years, she has turned her life around using football as the foundation for change. “A circle addiction. That’s the best way I can describe it. Everyone l knew was either an addict or a child of one. […]

Lennon’s story

“I actually thought it was only a summer-camp type thing, so when I stopped coming after summer, my friends were questioning me, so I got back at my earlier convenience and haven’t looked back since.” Lennon is a player in Glasgow with Street Soccer, first engaging in 2021 after lockdown restrictions were initially lifted. Having […]

Jordan’s Journey

Jordan has been a player with Street Soccer since the age of 14 and is now leading sessions in Edinburgh. His path from youth player to adult coach is inspirational for many players in the capital city and he believes that his route through Street Soccer programmes has shaped him as a person. “When I […]

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