Leadership recognised with grant

“I would like to thank the Postcode Community Trust and players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for their continued and much valued support.– David Duke

Street Soccer Scotland founder David Duke has scored a winning goal for his organisation after picking up a grant in recognition of his leadership skills.

The People’s Postcode Lottery Postcode Community Trust has awarded the charity £25,000 in recognition of David’s “outstanding contribution to society and the third sector”.

David founded Street Soccer Scotland in 2009 after he experienced first-hand the transformative power of the beautiful game.

In 2009, he received a Firstport start-up grant of £3,000, leaving his job and moving from Glasgow to Edinburgh so he could start up Street Soccer Scotland.

The organisation has gone from strength to strength, including being named Scottish Charity of the Year 2017.

David said: “I would like to thank the Postcode Community Trust and players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for their continued and much valued support. This funding – along with previous awards – has provided a huge boost to Street Soccer Scotland. The grant will allow us to continue to push forward a number of projects which will have a real, positive impact on many of the most vulnerable and socially disadvantaged people in our communities.”

Street Soccer Scotland provides an inclusive space for some of society’s most vulnerable – including individuals who are homeless, dealing with addiction and those with additional support needs – to participate in football.

Many of the coaches at the charity have been through the programme themselves and through these shared experiences they’re able to nurture players by building meaningful relationships based on trust.

It is a winning tactic that is working wonders, as recent research commissioned by the organisation demonstrated that for every £1 Street Soccer Scotland spends there is a return of almost £10 in terms of the social benefit to the individuals supported and the wider community.

Clara Govier, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, commented: “David is a remarkable leader who truly lives his vision by inspiring its players to acknowledge their value and unlock their potential. I’m incredibly proud players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting Street Soccer Scotland and recognising David’s outstanding contribution to society and the third sector.”

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Street Soccer Dinner

Every day we must wake up with a goal, that’s the most important thing, to wake up every day, in the morning with a goal, that’s the main thing.

In 2018 Street Soccer Scotland were delighted to welcome footballing legend and pop culture icon Eric Cantona to Glasgow for our 2nd Annual Gala Dinner. For more info about the event and to stay up to update with any 2019 announcements check back here soon.

Cantona, was named by Sir Alex as only one of four ‘world class’ footballers he managed, and his most impactful signing. The French Talisman scored 82 goals while playing with Manchester United under the famous number seven jersey. Since his unexpected retirement at the age of 30, the enigmatic Captain has made a bid for the French Presidency (in order to gain support for a French homelessness and Poverty charity), managed the winning 2005 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup team, and focussed on his acting career, starring in several movies including “Looking for Eric” in which he played himself.
Speaking at the 2007 Homeless World Cup, whilst on an ambassador visit, Cantona said, “Every day we must wake up with a goal, that’s the most important thing, to wake up every day, in the morning with a goal, that’s the main thing”

The Street Soccer Gala Dinner took place on the 23rd October 2018 at the Hilton Glasgow.

Development Award Accredited

Today is an immensely proud day for myself and all the team at Street Soccer Scotland. This qualification has been a long time in the making and many people have helped us along the way. I would like to extend a special thank you to Jackie Johnston and Liz Scott who have been instrumental in bringing this project to fruition. By using the power of football we believe we can continue to help people from a range of socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

Street Soccer Scotland are delighted to announce that today we have received official confirmation that our new personal development award has been SCQF accredited.

Through our tremendous partnership with Edinburgh Napier University, Street Soccer Scotland will now deliver the “Street Soccer Coaches Award” allowing more players to gain recognised qualifications as they continue their journey with us to a more positive destination in their lives.

Andy Hook, Head of Programmes at Street Soccer Scotland said “Today is an immensely proud day for myself and all the team at Street Soccer Scotland. This qualification has been a long time in the making and many people have helped us along the way. I would like to extend a special thank you to Jackie Johnston and Liz Scott who have been instrumental in bringing this project to fruition. By using the power of football we believe we can continue to help people from a range of socially disadvantaged backgrounds.”
Stay tuned for further details and dates of the qualification coming soon.

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