The Inside Line – News from the ‘Custody to Community’ Programme

By September 23, 2015Quotes

In March 2014 Andy completed Street Soccer Academy’s Coach Education and Personal Development Programme whilst in prison. This is what he had to say about his experience

“I took the course to keep a fit and healthy lifestyle and to understand more about Street Soccer Academy’s ‘through the gate’ support. It was a very good course and I would definitely recommend it to other people.

I loved the football training and the fitness circuits and the gaffer was OK too! I’m not brilliant at writing but I found the classroom sessions to be not that bad.

On the course I was always treated with respect and made to feel comfortable. I feel I achieved all my goals on the course and in a way the past ten weeks have kept me sane.

As for the future I am looking forward to playing with my son and showing him┬ásome of the drills I learned on the course. I feel more positive about what the future holds. I want to be more open minded about different situations and come up with the right solutions.”

On the 8th October Street Soccer Academy will attend the Lloyds Bank Foundation Charity Achievement Awards in London when the Charity of the Year will be announced. Street Soccer Academy has been nominated as the North West England winner of the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ category in recognition of the work of their Custody to Community Programme.

You can read more about the awards here

or click this link to read our Prison Impact Report

Author Simon Murphy

Simon is Street Soccer Academy's Chief Operating Officer and is co-founder of the organisation as a limited company and UK registered charity. He is responsible for the development of Street Soccer Academy's corporate brand and acquisition of the prestigious Football Association Charter Standard. Prior to involvement with Street Soccer Academy Simon was a director of Ambassadors in Sport and has a wealth of experience in grassroots football, as a player, coach, club chairman and having worked widely across the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. He has a vast knowledge of running major tournaments and festivals, having organised the National Christian Football Festival for a number of years and as an executive comittee member of the National Christian Cup. Simon is also responsible for devising the unique Soccer 24 fundraising concept, now used to raise funds for charities worldwide.

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