Sunderland’s Homeless FA stars help youngsters

by Foundation of Light

Inspirational initiative continues to help.

Members of the Foundation’s Homeless FA team delivered sports festival at Farringdon Sports College this month as part of a pioneering programme helping homeless people from the region improve their lives.

21 participants on the Homeless FA programme delivered a carousel of activities to approximately 60 year 7 pupils at Farringdon Sports College as part of a Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership qualification that enhances personal skills and improves life chances.

Sunderland is only one of just 10 clubs in the country running the six week programme, in its second year with the Foundation.

The programme emphasis is on personal development, both on and off the pitch, and players are supported to increase their self-confidence, self-esteem, and offered help to improve stress management, teach leadership and a range of other life skills.

At the end of the programme two men and two women are selected for Team England using assessment criteria in line with the Homeless FA’s vision, with particular focus on positive attitude, teamwork, commitment, interpersonal and organisational skills, and improved physical health.

SAFC legend Jimmy Montgommery was on hand at the end of the session to present the players with their certificates.

Course leader Kevin Darke commented “The players on the Homeless FA team have been a real credit to themselves. It’s a real please to be involved with this programme as it can have such an impact on people who, in some cases desperately, need to change their lives.”

“We wish them all the best for the future and hope to see some of our team members in the England strip in Chile.”