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Norwich City Community Sports Foundation adults
  • Norwich City CSF - Adults
  • Norwich City CSF - Adults
  • Norwich City CSF - Adults

Street Life Soccer

A national award-winning and unique learning programme that engages homeless, vulnerable and vulnerably housed people through sport

The Street Life Soccer Project was launched in August 2007, after a group of hostel residents approached local education providers Blue Cat Initiative. The project was then developed in partnership with the Community Sports Foundation and piloted to over 50 people.

The successful pilot led to funding being sourced to deliver a full programme which benefited over 400 individuals in four years. The programme is now funded by the Big Lottery Fund who will support the project over the next four years.

The project works with people who can be described as one of the following: homeless, vulnerably housed, seeking asylum, refugees, ethnic minority groups and offenders / ex-offenders.

Street Life participants at Carrow Park
Street Life participants setting goals with CSF Trustee Gavin Drake.

Street Life Soccer also provides preventative work for those at risk of becoming homeless with the opportunity to learn new skills, gain qualifications and integrate with new peer groups, weekly football coaching and National Open College Network accredited training. This approach supports progression into further education, volunteering, training or employment.

Street Life Soccer uses football as the tool to engage participants and provide a routine that allows access to social and health benefits. All education elements are then linked back to the sporting disciplines required, allowing for key skills development. Participants have the opportunity to set goals for themselves, no matter how big or small and are given the support to monitor these progressions.

Participants also have the opportunity to earn branded sports clothing as part of a reward scheme and to play in regular, competitive tournaments.

Street Life participants at Carrow Park 
Participants warming up before a session at Carrow Park 

The project has successfully improved the skills of and provided sports and educational qualifications to a number of former participants, who have gone on to volunteer for CSF or be employed by the charity. Other participants have gone back in to full time education or employment and many have continued their love of football by representing local affiliated football clubs.

Street Life Soccer is funded through the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities fund. Sessions are now finished for 2016 and will resume in the New Year.

Click here to download the course flyer.

For more information or to get involved, please contact roscoe.hipperson@canaries.co.uk or david.shade@canaries.co.uk. Alternatively, call the office on 01603 761122.

Programme funded by:

Big Lottery