The London Homeless Coalition enjoyed a presentation from David Strickland of Street Soccer Canada at the October general meeting held on Monday, October 5.
Street Soccer Canada began as an initiative to put together one team for the Homeless World Cup in 2004. It’s now a thriving network of over 20 soccer programs in a dozen cities across the country.
Over those last 10 years, hundreds of marginalized individuals living in shelters or on the street have been given a chance to be part of a team. Street Soccer Canada provides participants with the positive influences of physical exercise and new friendships, and is helping people move past life’s more dire circumstances.
This summer marked the first season for a Street Soccer team in London. The local program grew from one person at their first practice to 20 people at most practices, and has seen more than 50 unique participants.
What: Co-ed soccer team for men and women who have experienced homelessness
When: Mondays from 2-4 p.m.
Where: Currently at the North London Fields at Adelaide and Kipps Lane
What you can do to help:
- Spread the word about this program to clients and individuals who might be interested in participating
- Come out to see a practice and cheer on the team members
- Help advocate for the winter program with the BMO Centre
- Donate to the program, to help pay for practice space and travel to championships
Read more about this program in this London Free Press article.