Street Soccer Scotland
Street Soccer Scotland is a charity and non-profit social enterprise that delivers a range of football-related services to socially disadvantaged adults and young people across Scotland.
Founded in March 2009 and inspired by personal experience of how sport, and in particular football, can be the catalyst for positive social change, Street Soccer Scotland aim to provide a unique response to the social disadvantage prevalent in Scottish society.
They provide a wide range of free football sessions and football themed education through their own nationally accredited qualifications and other activities in main cities across Scotland. They have begun increasing their reach through introducing a Network Manager to work with other organisations in smaller cities and towns.
Ambassadors for the organisation include Sir Alex Ferguson and Liverpool and Scotland player Andy Robertson.
Scotland still grapples with high levels of poverty. In the 2014-2017 period, after housing costs, 19% of people in Scotland were found to be living in relative poverty; roughly one million people each year (Scottish Government, 2018).
In 2019-2020, out of 36,855 applications to local authorities, 31,333 households were assessed as homeless. This equates to one household losing their home every 17 minutes. The number of homeless applications has increased over the last 3 years (Shelter Scotland, 2020).
23% of people assessed as homeless or potentially homeless in 2019-2020 were under 24 (Scottish Government, 2020).