STREET
SOCCER
SCOTLAND

OUR IMPACT
Street Soccer Scotland has been supporting thousands of players since 2009, here's some of the different ways we've done it.

With 1 in 4 Scots experiencing mental health issues in their lifetime, there has never been a greater need for action.

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Street Soccer players has never been more important. Throughout recent years, we have taken steps to ensure that those who need support can access it as soon as they can. We believe that by engaging in sport and exercise, our players can create positive habits through our weekly football sessions.

Mental health is a core focus through all of our programmes. By supporting a number of different groups at risk of social exclusion, such as those experiencing homelessness, those with additional needs and those with refugee status, Street Soccer wants to be part of the solution in creating a more inclusive society. 

With two dedicated mental health workers and wellbeing sessions across Scotland, we provide a safe space to socialise for players as well as offering an accessible environment for one-to-one counselling.

Scotland is witnessing its highest increase in suicide rates since 2007 and over a quarter of Street Soccer players  are experiencing mental health issues have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that our response needs to be swift and thorough.

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PROVIDING PLAYERS WITH A STRUCTURE

Having something to look forward to each week is crucial. Every individual needs a certain level of structure and routine, and with that comes discipline. 

By providing players with a free game of football every week, we can aid them on their journey to finding more structure within their personal lives. These positive changes can often lead to eradicating bad habits and influencing more positive choices.

72% decrease in players often feeling issues in their personal life are out of their control.

Family relationships of players have improved by 64%

85% of players previously involved in prison or probation, no longer involved in the criminal justice system

SUPPORTING PLAYERS REGARDLESS OF BACKGROUND

Everyone deserves an equal chance at life, and although we realise this is not always possible, we believe in providing the necessary tools to give Street Soccer players the best chance at making positive choices. 

Our prisons programme is in place to prevent re-offending, support mental health and reduce risk of homelessness.

Newly released prisoners are eight times more likely to take their own life. With 60% of participants in the Street Soccer programme are still engaged in our community drop-in sessions, we believe we can help build a brighter future.

The initial steps during our programme are often the foundations for positive change with ongoing support accessible for all players in the prisons programme, during and after liberation. For many players, this is just the beginning of their Street Soccer journey.

Football is loved universally and for many years has proved successful in breaking down barriers between players of all ages, genders and backgrounds. By offering a structured session of football across a 12-week programme, Street Soccer engages isolated individuals with learning opportunities.

SUPPORTING PLAYERS THROUGH EDUCATION

Many of our programmes include an SCQF qualification, which  has been a successful way to combine education and sport.

All players have access to these opportunities, which aim to develop key social and employability skills. For many players, this is their only positive experience with education and has enabled them to reach positive destinations in employment and volunteering.

Our dedicated schools programme aims to engage young people, who are currently disengaged or excluded from mainstream education, and building up their confidence and self-esteem through football.

“Before they got involved with Street Soccer there was no way any of the pupils involved would have had the confidence to speak to a different year group, never mind organising an event for them. From then on, each pupil continued to attend and achieve which led to the all achieving their National 3 / 4 Awards"

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