Scotland

Street Soccer Scotland

Street Soccer Scotland is a non-profit social enterprise that delivers a range of football-related services to socially disadvantaged adults and young people across Scotland.

Street Soccer Scotland was founded in March 2009, and was inspired by personal experience of how sport and in particular, football can be the catalyst for positive social change. They aim to provide a unique response to the social disadvantage prevalent in Scottish society.

Organisation Details

Participants

Socially disadvantaged and homeless adults and young men and women, asylum seekers and refugees, individuals struggling with mental health and addiction problems, and the long-term unemployed and disengaged

Locations

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, and Inverness

Homelessness Statistics

16%
Of the population is classified as living in poverty
36 457
Households made homeless applications to their local council in 2014

Scotland has high levels of poverty, with 820,000 people or 16% of the population classified as living in poverty in 2012/2013 (Shelter Scotland, 2015; BBC News, 2014).

In 2013/14, 36,457 households made homeless applications to their local council in Scotland, a 34% decrease since 2009/10. Young people under 25 represent just under a third of applicants (Shelter Scotland, 2014). In 2014/15, homelessness applications fell as a result of homelessness prevention services rather than a change in the underlying social and economic factors that lead to homelessness (The Scottish Government, 2015).