In 2011 Capital football entered a collaborative partnership with Street Soccer ACT to assist with the development of the Street Soccer program in Canberra.
The Community Street Soccer Program, known as Street Soccer, is an initiative of The Big Issue Australia. The program uses the power of sport to promote social inclusion and personal change for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people. It changes lives and creates healthier communities across Australia.
Who participates in Street Soccer?
Street Soccer players come from many walks of life, but all have been marginalised in some way. This could be through factors such as mental illness, homelessness, refugee status, drug and alcohol dependency, physical disability, long-term unemployment or family breakdown. Participants come through referrals from hostels and boarding houses, community centres and welfare agencies, and word-of-mouth among existing Street Soccer participants.
What happens at weekly Street Soccer training?
Weekly training sessions are fun, safe and friendly. The coach will coordinate a Street Soccer session that incorporates some stretching, simple fitness work, skill work and a fun match. There is a great sense of enjoyment and camaraderie at the sessions amongst everyone and the coach is encouraging and supportive.
Canberra - Community Street Soccer Program
Location: Reid Sports Oval Ellimatta Street, Reid
(opposite Australian War Memorial)
Training: Wednesday 2-4PM
Transport: 10 min bus from City Interchange. Bus 9 or 10.
Contact: Ronnie MacLeod