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Street Soccer nets Legacy 2014 boost

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£300,000 funding to deliver positive change through football.

Thousands of disadvantaged Scots will get new opportunities through football with the support of £300,000 funding announced by First Minister Alex Salmond.

As part of a Scottish Government commitment to deliver a positive legacy from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year, Street Soccer will expand its programmes for young men and women leaving care or those not in education, training or employment or facing challenges such as homelessness, mental health problems or addictions.

As well as the chance to play football, Street Soccer Scotland programmes offer advice and access to various services that young people may otherwise not be aware of such as education, health and welfare support, as well as training and employability opportunities, including a ‘Football Works’ personal development, coaching and work placement initiative leading to SQA qualifications.

Mr Salmond announced the support during a visit to Aberdeen Sports Village where he saw a Street Soccer ‘drop-in’ session, offering players a chance to meet new people, improve physical and mental health and increase confidence in a safe, positive environment.

The First Minister said:

“Street Soccer Scotland shows how sport can bring people together, offer new opportunities and achieve positive change.  I’m delighted that thousands more young Scots, many of them facing great challenges, will benefit from Street Soccer programmes as a result of our commitment to securing a positive legacy from the Games.

“Next year provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity for individuals and communities across Scotland.  We have planned early, we’re getting programmes in place already and people are benefitting right now.”

Street Soccer Scotland will deliver a series of programmes over two years in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee with 37,500 places for young men and women and sports coaching qualifications for as many as 600 individuals.  While mainly focused on young people aged 16 and above, the new funding will also support the provision of Street Soccer sessions in a number of schools. 

Street Soccer Scotland founder and CEO David Duke commented:

“Becoming a Legacy Partner for the Commonwealth Games is a tremendous endorsement of the work we’ve been successfully delivering, with our partners, over the last few years. The financial support from the Scottish Government will accelerate our plans and let us roll out our programmes, across Scotland, quicker than we had originally planned. 

“The real, positive impact our projects have on many of the most vulnerable and socially disadvantaged people in our communities can only be enhanced with this level of support.”

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