5 A-Side Football

As part of our activity programme, the Trust invites residents to play in football matches.  This builds their team working skills as well as communication and helps to improve their fitness.  Our project worker Carl runs this activity and gets a lot of the residents engaged with the sport.  They play games against each other and against other local teams to encourage sportsmanship.

Josh is one of our residents who plays regularly in the football team.  This activity has allowed him to develop his skills and also his confidence.   Below are two statements from Josh and Carl about the benefits of this activity.

“When I first came to the Trust,  I kept myself to myself as I didn’t know staff or residents and my confidence levels were pretty low.  Then Carl introduced me to the football squad.  I was a bit shy at first but then I broke out of my shell.  It has really improved my social and communication skills as well as my fitness, awareness and team ability.  I now train for a Sunday League team and really hope to progress into the League, thanks to the Trust.  

Things I have learnt from Football are: Communication, Pace, Passing, Shooting, Team Work, Dribbling, and Goal Keeping Skills”.  –  Josh

“When Josh first joined the Trust Football team he was very low in confidence and would not say boo to a goose.  He was like this for the first couple of games when the lads just played against themselves but this changed once we started to play other teams.  Josh grew in stature on the pitch, encouraging other team members no matter what their ability.  Josh started to want to get involved more and more, always keen to learn new skills and to help other members of the team.  After just a couple of months, Josh’s confidence was sky high.  He was not afraid to meet new people and to have his say.  Josh is one of the key members of the team.  He wants to have a say in team selection and his football skills have improved lots.  

I think it is a great thing what Josh has achieved at football.  This has culminated in him having the confidence to go and join a local Sunday morning league team.  This may not be the Premiership but for Josh it’s not far off and this story shows what a great tool social football can be”. – Carl

We rely on funding to complete activities with our residents, and we would be grateful for any donations to our activity programme to continue these types of activities.





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