When Martin Methven first joined Street Soccer NI at the end of 2015, he was homeless living in a hostel in Belfast and unemployed. Martin attended the Street Soccer Academy and other projects throughout the week. Because of his hard work and commitment, Martin was selected in the eight-man team to represent Northern Ireland at the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow July 2016.
“The team did incredible, finishing 13th overall out of 40 plus countries, which was our highest position yet,” said programme manager Justin McMinn.
Since returning from the World Cup, Martin has moved into his own house. He has taken on tenancy support through Street Soccer NI, which gives people added support in their own home. Martin also engaged with their employment programme and recently got a full time job with Tesco.
Martin explained: “Being involved in Street Soccer had made a big difference in my life. It’s put me on the straight and narrow. I got into trouble when I first moved into hostels; I got into fights and was charged with two assaults. Then, I joined the football and really enjoyed it, making some friends and it helped clear my head. I got to represent Northern Ireland in the Homeless World Cup in July and it was one of the best experiences in my life. Since returning from the Homeless World Cup, Street Soccer has helped me get a full time job in Tesco and get my own house.”