National partner profile: Scotland


Socially disadvantaged and homeless adults and young men and women, asylum seekers and refugees, individuals struggling with mental health and addiction problems, and the long-term unemployed and disengaged


Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, and Inverness

Street Soccer Scotland


Street Soccer Scotland is a non-profit social enterprise that delivers a range of football-related services to socially disadvantaged adults and young people across Scotland.

Street Soccer Scotland was founded in March 2009, and was inspired by personal experience of how sport and in particular, football can be the catalyst for positive social change. They aim to provide a unique response to the social disadvantage prevalent in Scottish society.

Street Soccer Scotland began providing weekly drop-in football sessions in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and from there, they have grown to providing a range of opportunities and activities across Scotland reaching thousands of people.

They provide football inspired training and personal development in order to empower those affected by social exclusion to make positive changes in their lives. Street Soccer Scotland use sport to inspire people and help them achieve their goals both on and off the pitch. By increasing participants' motivation they offer them better chances of success.

With their programmes, Street Soccer Scotland help participants develop new skills, develop and increase confidence, self-esteem, and better self-efficacy whilst building trust. As well as creating a culture of tolerance and inclusion by uniting people from different backgrounds.

The national ambassador of Street Soccer Scotland is Sir Alex Fergusson, former and the longest-serving Manchester United FC manager.

Player profiles & Stories

Mission statement


The Street Soccer Scotland mission is to use football as a trigger to energise people who are socially excluded, and combine it with sport-related personal development and training to empower them to change their own lives for the better.

"Our theory is simple: Poverty leads to a lack of hope and a lack of opportunity. Our mission is to provide opportunity and build hope" – founder David Duke

Goals for the future


To transition to using a social enterprise approach to funding the programme in the long term

Programme Development

To provide more non-football opportunities for players to change their lives

Social Inclusion

To reach out to more people across Scotland and develop a more inclusive programme

Additional information

Partner since


Football Activities

Street Soccer Scotland organize drop-in sessions across the country, the Homeless World Cup Team Scotland, tournaments and events, a national street football league, other sporting activities such as community football for children and young people, and school programmes for pupils disengaged from the mainstream curriculum.

Team selection

Team members are chosen from regular Street Soccer Scotland participants. They are not only selected according to footballing ability, but also the commitment and dedication players have shown to changing their lives.

Non-football services

Street Soccer Scotland provide personal development courses, training opportunities (such as first aid and coaching qualifications), peer-to-peer and mentor support, a volunteering programme, and access to guidance and support organizations and programmes.

Participants challenges

Social exclusion, lack of self-esteem and confidence, substance abuse, and homelessness

Organisation challenges

Street Soccer Scotland is expanding, and they are working on managing this growth in a sustainable way.

Country challenges

Scotland has high levels of poverty, with 820,000 people or 16% of the population classified as living in poverty in 2012/2013 (Shelter Scotland, 2015; BBC News, 2014).

Homlessness definition

A person is homeless if he has no accommodation available for his occupation; or if he has accommodation but cannot secure entry to it or if it is a moveable structure. A person shall not be treated as having accommodation unless it would be reasonable for him to continue to occupy it (See full definition in the Housing Act, 1996). See additional Shelter Scotland (2015) definition.

Homelessness Statistics

In 2013/14, 36,457 households made homeless applications to their local council in Scotland, a 34% decrease since 2009/10. Young people under 25 represent just under a third of applicants (Shelter Scotland, 2014). In 2014/15, homelessness applications fell as a result of homelessness prevention services rather than a change in the underlying social and economic factors that lead to homelessness (The Scottish Government, 2015).

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