Street Work Soccer Academy is a community-based organisation using sport as a means for development. Street Work specialises in football as a vehicle for social and sporting inclusion in Leeds. The academy was established fifteen years ago with the intention of developing football skills in a sporting and recreational context aimed at young people from 6 years to open age - boys and girls, men and women, living within inner city areas. In doing so, Street Work has successfully worked with and for young people from all backgrounds and abilities in the sport at all levels.
The breadth of services include coaching services for schools and communities; half-term soccer camps; evening community coaching programmes; overseas football tours and exchanges; voluntary based opportunities; Mentoring and Peer Role Models. The Street Work philosophy is one that emphasises supporting the ‘whole person’. Consequently the physical, psychological, emotional and pastoral elements of working with individuals and groups are centred on and are not marginalised to the detriment of purely playing sport. Sport, in particular, football is so important to many, and this aspect is never lost. However, Street Work maintains a philosophy that supports the development of all its participants’ wider needs.
Street Work coaching staff are all nationally qualified and CRB vetted. Furthermore, all staff are provided with child protection training as Street work has robust child protection procedure and policy in place. A copy of our child protection procedure and policy document is available upon request.
Aims and Objectives of Street Work Soccer Academy
- To develop football in a sporting, recreational and social educational sphere
- To provide young people with the opportunity to participate in sport at all levels and standards
- To provide young people with a progression route from basic participation to coaching standard
- To re-introduce disengaged young people into educational and social provision
- To establish positive relationships between young people and significant adults by ensuring respect for all and the development of positive role models
- To enable older participants to act as peer educators and for participants’ parents to become involved as volunteers and project supporters
- To make sure that all young people achieve the best they can in life
- To help young people gain confidences, self-esteem, develop teamwork skills, sports skills and discipline, which are transferable skills
- Supporting young people by raising their awareness and interest in the advantages of
- learning new skills and the diversity of learning methods
- To work within the context of equality of opportunity for all
- To foster partnerships working with local, national and international organisation