WHO ARE THEY
They are a small voluntary organisation set up in 2015 to use football as a vehicle to provide hope and opportunity for men of all ages faced with challenges associated with homeless and social exclusion – challenges such as lack of self-esteem, physical/mental health issues, addictions, etc. We help them to face up to and overcome these challenges through taking positive action and having fun.
We have a totally open-door policy and seek to be totally inclusive, respectful and understanding of each individual’s personal problems and circumstances, while respecting confidentiality at all times. We allow players to come and go as they please and do not impose time limits or other expectations – we seek only to help inspire people to fulfil their true potential.
We welcome players of all ages from 18+ and levels of fitness, with physical/mental health issues being no barrier to joining in. (We currently have at least one playing member in his mid-50’s.)
WHAT WE DO
We use the power of football training and playing to help motivate, inspire and develop people from all backgrounds to make positive changes in their lives. The success of larger social enterprises within Scotland such as the Homeless World Cup and Street Soccer Scotland has clearly demonstrated that by inspiring people to be all they can be on and off the pitch, this has a positive impact on people’s motivation for life and success – ultimately leading to increased confidence, self-esteem and more sustainable lifestyles.
We play on a Sunday afternoon in the Scottish Unity League and normally train 2 times per week at Glasgow Green Park with our training sessions regularly attracting around 30 participants.
We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations from friends and relatives and regularly hold Charity Games to help raise funds for several local homeless charities such as ECHO Glasgow, the official “Help Glasgow’s Homeless”, CCI, etc.
Southside Mini Kickers: We gave funding to supply the youngsters with tracksuit tops which have our sunny-sid3up logo on them, this was given after they successfully raised on their own the monies to purchase the football strips, it’s very important for clubs to try and raise funds for their own activities and fundraise on their own this was very much the case with Southside Football club.
St Marnocks Primary were given £500, this was for musical instruments for the children to learn after school and during break times, this brings the children together after the school day to learn new skills and interact with others that they might not normally socialise with, this tuition is provided by 2 of the schools teachers who give up their own time to teach the children how to play the guitar along with other musical instruments.
Families connect programme is a programme that enables parents/carers to discuss ideas about how to support their children’s learning and provides opportunities to test out activities with the support of trained staff, which can then be used at home. The programme focuses on three key areas
- Social and emotional development
- Literacy and language development
- Numeracy and mathematics.