” In my work I am often asked about the ability of football to change lives. I agree that football, and sport in general, are great allies in bringing people together, instilling positive behavioural patterns and in promoting healthy lifestyles. My concern is in respect to truly impacting an individual’s attitudes and thinking, which I believe can only be achieved, in a positive way, by a person centric model.

At Street Soccer Academy we have locally sourced volunteers that provide our service users with 24/7 wrap-around support totally focused on the individual’s needs and to their personal development. That is why I believe Street Soccer Academy are set apart in their work with individuals with complex and multiple needs “

Check out the work of Street Soccer Academy at www.streetsocceracademy.co.uk

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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