The streetsoccer Coach Education and Personal Development Programme offers a unique method of effecting long-term positive change in the lives of the participants. The ‘peer led’ sessions help develop practical and interpersonal skills and the personal development aspect challenges the attitudes, thinking and behavior of the participants. The sessions are service user led and supported by volunteers. The group take responsibility for setting the culture for new referrals to be integrated into.
Males aged 18 and over
Homeless, long term unemployed, ex-offenders, those with mental health conditions, and disabilities
Development of problem solving skills, Understanding importance of building healthy relationships, Development of assertiveness skills, Increased general awareness of self and others, Development of interaction and communication skills, Identification and use of effective communication skills
Age appropriate coaching drills form the syllabus for the coach education programme through which the participants gain experience delivering a variety of topics to their peers in order to develop interpersonal skills. The participants plan, prepare, deliver and evaluate their sessions and are given feedback from their peers and coach educator during debriefs.
The Coach Education Programme provides a broad coaching experience for the participants, which leads to qualifications, work experience and voluntary work opportunities. The sessions are ‘peer led’ in so much as the participants not only deliver the sessions but also provide feedback for each other. Participants are also assessed on their abilities as football players as well as their abilities to effectively research appropriate content for the sessions.
The Personal Development Programme that accompanies the practical delivery offers a unique method of effecting long-term positive change to the lives of the participants. The programme topics are introduced through non-threatening football based analogies in order to prompt and encourage discussion, which leads to conversations along the lines of prevalent life issues in relation to the topic. Learnt negative attitudes, thinking and behavior is challenged and alternative perspectives offered.