Inna’s Journey

Inna travelled to Scotland with her son earlier this year, following the invasion of her native Ukraine by Russian forces. Despite never being involved in football prior to moving to Scotland, she’s found hope through being part of a “family-like” community at sessions in Glasgow. “I’ve been in Scotland for four months. It was firstly […]

“I couldn’t asked for a better experience.” | Izzy’s story

“I’m a lot older than most here but I love being the mum figure” Visitors to Street Soccer’s Change Centre in Dundee will have came across Izzy at some point on their travels. Described by staff as a ‘diamond’, the volunteer has certainly experienced some rough times. “It’s just fantastic that I’m here. One year […]

“I want to help more people through my own experience” | Graham’s story

Having been a Street Soccer player for 18 months, Glasgow regular Graham is keen to use his experience to help others. Graham was introduced to Street Soccer sessions through Phoenix Futures, whilst in recovery, and has highlighted that setting goals for himself has helped his positive change journey so far. “Football is my life and […]

“My team-mates are an inspiration” | Brian’s story, Motherwell

Street Soccer’s session in Motherwell has been up and running since January with new members of the team arriving every other week. Most of the players have only known one another for the best part of four months, however you would not think that after watching their weekly session at Fir Park. One of the […]

“It’s great being part of a team.” | Reece’s story, Aberdeen

“It was hard at first but I kept going to make sure I was improving.” Despite being a novice to football prior to joining Street Soccer in 2015, Reece is now thriving as a volunteer in Aberdeen. Having struggled with confidence, Reece highlights that the tight-knit group in the north east have helped support him […]

“I’m becoming a better person.” | Steven’s story, Livingston.

As Steven winds down from another pulsating session in the shadow of Livingston FC’s Tony Macaroni Arena, he explains that the endorphins running through his body are making all the difference to life as a Street Soccer player. “I wish I knew about Street Soccer ten years ago, it could have changed me as a […]

Tasha’s story | International Women’s Day

Tasha has been playing with Street Soccer as part of our Street45 programme for five years and says it is the best thing she’s ever done. After being released from prison in 2017, Tasha went to a service called Link Up and started to attend drop-in sessions with both males and females, who were also […]

“I want to help out, the way I’ve been helped” | Raymond Sharp, Aberdeen

Street Soccer’s player pathway is in motion in Aberdeen, with newly appointed sessional worker Raymond Sharp reflecting on his progress from player to staff member. Raymond, who has been with Street Soccer since 2019, has recently secured a role as a sessional worker at our sessions in the north east after showing leadership qualities in […]

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