Sports Ministry Case Study 1

Colin is aged 33, a goalkeeper attending the Bolton project. Colin supports Oldham Athletic and has recently moved to Cumbria to work as a chef and is getting married early in 2009. ‘I joined the Street Soccer Bolton project whilst staying at the salvation army hostel. I was invited along by some other lads who were also at the hostel. I have been involved about nine months. I have benefitted from the exercise, being part of a very good setup and having a good laugh whilst being part of the team at Bolton. Oh, and of course, being part of the team that WON the inaugural Street Soccer tournament in 2008. I loved being part of this project and would love to be involved again and maybe do something like this in my new home area. I think Street Soccer can benefit lots of guys like me by giving them something to do and be part of and try help them burn some anger issues that come from problems in their past. The only thing I would like to see change about Street Soccer is that it would grow and get even better. I would like to add that without being part of the setup at Bolton I would have been very bored and got very depressed whilst in the hostel. I think the key to Street Soccer’s success is the associations they have that add value in terms of advice and help. The Urban Outreach Group (partner in Bolton Project) are great people who I have come to know and like and know they do great things for whoever they can.’S