Since its launch in 2007, the Community Street Soccer Program has engaged more than 7000 homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people. Over this period, many participants have reported positive changes in their lives, thanks to the opportunities Street Soccer has created for personal outcomes in pre-employment, employment, health and housing.
In 2009, a La Trobe University study found improvements among participants in the following areas:
Pre-employment and employment
Improved social interaction
Greater participation in training / work experience
Greater ability to obtain / improve employment
Improved health awareness
Relief of mental health symptoms
Improved housing situation
Benefits to the Community
In addition to the direct impact on individual participants, Street Soccer is a cost-effective social change program that saves money to the Australian taxpayer.
In 2009, an independent study on the program's economic impact found that participation in Street Soccer led to individual behaviour change and a reduction in high-risk activities.
The study estimated every $1 invested in the Street Soccer program generated a saving of $4.30 to the Australian community. Based on the program’s operating costs, it estimated that Street Soccer saved society $7 million per year.
The Street Soccer players are just incredible. They’ve actually made the choice to take on this tremendous challenge to turn their lives around. Craig Foster, ex-Socceroo and Street Soccer