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National partner profile: Luxembourg

Streetfootball by Streetwork - Caritas Luxembourg

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Street Football by Streetwork is part of Caritas Accueil et Solidarité, one of Luxembourg's biggest NGOs. The project’s aim is to encourage participants from different social backgrounds to engage in regular physical activities. It includes both athletic and educational workshops. Besides promoting healthy lifestyle, regular training sessions prepare the participants to compete in various national and international tournaments, including the Homeless World Cup.

Streetwork Luxembourg is organised within the framework of "Service Street Work," which receives funding by the Luxembourg Municipality and coordinates four different projects, each with a different partner. One of them is Caritas Accueil et Solidarité, which works specifically with homeless people in Luxembourg.

Streetwork runs different projects for youth, families, and homeless people. For more than 10 years they have organised the project Street Sport, which offers 11 different sports classes and facilities, boxing, capoeira, and breakdance among them. The project assumes that the principle of discipline can be successfully adapted from sports to other areas of life and it tries to include vulnerable young people who are generally excluded from organised sports activities.

The StreetFootball programme provides weekly training sessions for marginalised people. The participants also take part in different team-building exercises and in national and international events, like the ones hosted in Charleroi and Mouiscron by the Belgian Homeless Cup. All players can benefit from their residential and social services, such as supervision, administrative support, financial management, help with job hunting, and education.

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Mission statement

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Streetfootball by Streetwork work to offer participants the opportunity to build their self-confidence, maintain contacts, and strengthen their feeling of belonging. Streetfootball by Streetwork contributes positively to the development of healthy behaviour and social skills among its participants.

“This experience has given me the power to change my life for the better.” Tiago Alexandre, Team Luxembourg 2013

Goals for the future

Training Sessions

To organise weekly street football sessions, as well as different team-building workshops

Tournaments

To take part in tournaments hosted in Charleroi, Mouscron, and Luxembourg

Additional information

Partner since

2009

Football Activities

Two regular weekly sessions and national and international tournaments

Team selection

The players are selected during their training sessions according to the number of trainings they attended, their commitment to the programme, and their motivation for teamwork and making a change in their life.

Non-football services

Education, housing, and employment

Participants challenges

Depression, substance abuse, and long-term unemployment

Organisation challenges

Those who seek external help are often seen as weak by their peers and are often dissuaded from joining rehabilitation programmes.

Country challenges

There is no national-level data collection system and no harmonised registration system. Some shelters have reported an increasing number of young people asking for help (FEANSTA, 2014).

Young adults are facing rising youth unemployment – 18.2% as compared to the average unemployment rate of 9.83% (Y Charts, 2015).

Homlessness definition

The Ministry of Family and Integration (2011) understand homelessness as a complex process encompassing a variety of situations related to insecure and inadequate housing. Homelessness is broadly defined as having no access to the redistribution of wealth in society, and thus leading to non-participation in mainstream culture. It is further defined as a housing problem that causes psychological, social, and economic difficulties.

Homelessness Statistics

In a single week in February 2006, 715 homeless people were identified in Luxembourg. A 2013 report counted 1,533 people using homeless services in the country. Youth and migrants are increasingly represented amongst the homeless population (FEANSTA, 2014).

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