The Virtuous Circle

The third sector is now a major force in public service delivery. It works in partnership with public sector commissioners and with providers in the public sector, private sector and rest of the third sector.

Street Soccer Academy is engaged in working partnerships in the education, welfare-to-work, homelessness and offender management markets. We see real value in providing a relevant and effective service as part of a mutual aid network in meeting the needs of vulnerable and ‘at-risk’ individuals as we seek to reintegrate isolated people into communities.

We actively seek sponsorship and investment from commercial entities to assist us in delivering quality public services not directly provided by the government. Without the private sector recognising its social responsibility in supporting third sector organisations in their missions to provide critical public services, the virtuous circle of public, private and third sector partnerships would be incomplete and the result is a diluted one in terms of effectiveness.

SSA Technical Director, Simon Murphy, Timpson Foundation Academy and Welfare Manager, Dennis Phillips and SSA CEO Andy Thorp

The role of the private sector goes beyond simply investing fiscally, which is the misconception of many in society, but often offers direct personable involvement in the operations of third sector organisations. This can come in the guise of mentoring of third sector leaders that results in an exponential increase in the social return on investment of organisations such as Street Soccer Academy. Some of the best business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professional service firms give third sector organisations access to important and much needed business skills and guidance.

We are fortunate to receive such investment from a variety of great business minds that are keen to provide guidance and advice to us in a number of areas of business operations. This input and direct involvement adds significant value to our working relationships with public sector groups such as the Department for Work and Pensions, the Prison Service, Colleges, Homeless and Vulnerable Service providers, therefore assisting us in providing a relevant and effective public service.

Author Andrew Thorp

Andrew founded the Street Soccer Academy concept in 2005 and under his leadership the work has developed into an award winning registered charity and innovative enterprise. Educated at Loughborough University, Andrew has a BSc Hons in Management Sciences and has experience as a tutor and assessor at Salford City College, responsible for the delivery of an NVQ 2 qualification in Teaching, Instructing and Training. He is also a UEFA 'B' qualified coach and has vast experience working in the professional and semi-professional football world at Rochdale AFC, Leigh RMI and Trafford FC. It is through his experience in these fields that the accredited education programmes have been formulated in order to significantly enhance the opportunities of Street Soccer Academy beneficiaries.

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