Partnership extended

Street Soccer Academy
Street Soccer Academy

Leigh Sports Village has extended its partnership with Street Soccer Academy.

The partnership sees the Sports Village continue its support of the project by providing facilities at its sports pavilion pitches.

The Sports Village has hosted the Wigan & Leigh regional centre since February 2010.

Since the launch, more than 100 people have been referred to the Sports Village and gained numerous benefits including coaching qualifications, work experience and advice from partner agencies.

Highlighting the success of the project, the regional centre at the Sports Village is run by an ex-service user who is now a qualified football coach.

The Street Soccer project works with some of the nation’s most vulnerable and ‘at risk’ individuals delivering a rehabilitation scheme through the provision of Charter Standard football sessions and an AQA accredited Coach Education & Personal Development Programme.

Chief Executive for Street Soccer, Andy Thorp, said: “Ever since the launch of the Street Soccer Academy at Leigh Sports Village we have been inundated with referrals. It has proven a great success over the past two years and we have seen more than 100 vulnerable and ‘at-risk’ men attending week to week.

“The excellent facilities are conducive in providing an ideal venue in order that we can continue to empower vulnerable people across all areas of their lives through soccer led personal development and professionally recognised coach education.

“We are delighted that LSV have agreed to continue partnering with us in becoming our facility sponsor as we seek to reach out to more marginalized individuals and effect positive change to their circumstances”.

l Pictured: Street Soccer Academy