The Community Street Soccer Program, known as Street Soccer, is a fun and exciting initiative of The Big Issue that uses the power of sport to change lives.
Street Soccer promotes social inclusion and personal change for participants by providing support and promoting participation, inclusiveness, commitment and team spirit.
The heart of Street Soccer is weekly training sessions held across Australia. Participants get together in a safe and non-threatening environment, allowing them to get fit, make new friends and seek support and advice.
Our support staff also work closely with players, linking them to services that address issues including homelessness, substance abuse, family breakdown and mental illness.
Through the program, we engage people who in many cases have given up on counselling and traditional support systems and services. Street Soccer puts the person at the centre of the solution and provides them with the support and tools necessary to make positive changes to their lives.
Sometimes people don't understand when I try to explain how important soccer is to me, but it has dead-set helped me change my life. Community Street Soccer Program participant