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New ‘Street Soccercise’ Initiative Launched on International Women's Day 2017

Sport and physical activity
Issued by Street Soccer Scotland

Scottish Government supports new health programme aimed at socially disadvantaged women.

A new health initiative aimed at women has been launched on International Women’s Day by the award winning social enterprise Street Soccer Scotland.

The new initiative called ‘Street Soccercise’ was introduced to Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport by members of Scotland’s high achieving Women’s Homeless World Cup squad from Glasgow 2016 at an event in Edinburgh today (8th March 2017).

‘Street Soccercise’ is an aerobic fitness programme using football techniques and footballs throughout the session.

The ‘Street Soccercise’ programme will be trialled in Edinburgh and initially aimed at women who attend Street Soccer Scotland sessions throughout the year and to women who don’t wish to be directly involved in playing football.

Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport said:  “We want to get more people active and an important part of that is ensuring everyone, regardless of gender, has the opportunity to take part in sport and other activities.

“Street Soccer Scotland has received Scottish Government Legacy funding and is working to remove barriers and open up football to everyone, with this particular programme promoting women’s participation – something I’m keen to see.

“It’s fitting that this is being launched on International Women’s Day when the theme is #BeBoldForChange – I hope women embrace this change and see this programme as an opportunity to get more active.”

Sarah Rhind from Street Soccer Scotland and former Scotland’s Women’s Homeless World Cup player said: “The positive impact that regular physical exercise has cannot be understated. I know because I have benefitted from it myself, both from a physical and mental health perspective.  We know that some women don’t want to get involved in actually playing football straightaway but do want to gain from the exercise element so this is a perfect solution.”

David Duke, founder of Street Soccer Scotland added: “Our programmes now reach thousands of socially disadvantaged adults and young people across Scotland, including many women, and we see clear evidence of the positive change in their lives when they attend regularly.  Our plan for ‘Street Soccercise’ is to trial it in Edinburgh and if it is successful look at rolling out across the country.  We want to increase participation in active sport and exercise and ‘Street Soccercise’ is another way of doing it.”

Sarah Rhind was joined at the launch by fellow past Homeless World Cup players Paige Caulfield, Sophie Gallagher and Jodie McEwen.