Street Soccer Academy has been selected from charities across the North West as the regional winner of the Outstanding Impact Award. They received a prize of £1000 and will now compete against charities from across England and Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for six overall prizes which will be announced at the UK Final awards ceremony on 8th October 2015.
The Charity Achievement Awards have been created to recognise the amazing, life changing work of small and medium sized charities. Street Soccer Academy won the Outstanding Impact Award in the North West.
Street Soccer Academy has been recognised for the outstanding way in which it has transformed the lives of ex-offenders by successfully reintegrating people back into the community through its custody to community initiative. Working in partnership with Greater Manchester Prison since 2011, their Street Soccer and Street Fit schemes have made an outstanding impact by providing a successful programme of personal development for inmates and reducing their risk of reoffending.
Street Soccer Academy have been instrumental in supporting not only ex-offenders but their families, having maintained over 90% engagement rates with inmates when released and a sub 10% reoffending rate as they have reintegrated inmates back into the community. These success rates are well above normal expectations. Importantly, the programme has offered offenders the chance to develop and has been the foundation for many of them turning their life around.
The Chief Executive of Street Soccer Academy, Andrew Thorp, said of the award, ‘Here at Street Soccer Academy we are very proud of our track record in helping reintegrate ex-offenders back into community. Our dedicated staff and volunteers work hard at providing help and support to our service users that is essential for effective rehabilitation. I would personally like to thank the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales for their support of our charity in this work.
Chief Executive of the Foundation, Paul Streets OBE, said of the awards: ‘We are delighted to celebrate the winners of our Charity Achievement Awards. Street Soccer Academy has demonstrated excellent and inspiring practice, and have set the standard high; not just surviving in these tough times, but thriving, delivering vital services and literally transforming lives. For over 30 years the Foundation has supported thousands of such small and medium sized charities to tackle disadvantage in communities right across the North West and we look forward to doing much more in the years to come.’