England

Street Soccer London

Street Soccer London, founded in 2020, is a charity and non-profit social enterprise that aims to create positive pathways for young people and adults.

Working from two bases in Lambeth and Nine Elms, Street Soccer use free football sessions to engage with players from aged 8 and above. They create a safe environment to interact, socialise and create opportunities for growth.

With a wide variety of programmes from drop-in sessions to walk in football, as well as female specific sessions across London, Street Soccer’s experienced staff deliver fun and engaging sessions, with the hope of influencing positive choices in the lives of their players.

Through participation in Street Soccer football sessions players also gain free access to professional support and guidance, alongside trusted partner organisations who operate in the local community.

This platform offers a structured and attainable pathway for all participants, tailored to their needs and ambitions, and centred on providing opportunities through volunteering, training, education and employment.

Organisation Details

Participants

Men, women, youth and children.

Locations

London, with plans to expand across England

Homelessness Statistics

75%

Rise in homelessness among vulnerable groups since 2010 (Shelter, 2019)

277,000

Number of people considered homeless in England in 2017 (couch surfing or accommodated in emergency or temporary accommodation) (Shelter, 2019)

4,677

Number of people sleeping rough on any given night (Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, 2018)

The effects of the 2008 recession are still felt, and there is a lack of affordable housing, particularly in the South East. Immigrants are particularly vulnerable to homelessness because of their lack of networks, language skills, and knowledge of the benefit system (Guardian, 2014).

The lack of affordable housing in England is due in part to construction not keeping pace with demand since the 1980s, especially in London. Another major reason for homelessness in England is landlords or letting agencies ending shorthold tenancies (EOH, 2018; Big Issue, 2018).