YMCA wins Norwich street life soccer cup
Five homeless young men from YMCA Norfolk
have won the Norwich Football in the Community Cup
at the end of the 30-week Street Life Soccer
course at Carrow Park.
David Dowling, Michael Douglas, Chris Rumble, Shane Furze and Richard Nelson were among around 100 other homeless young men who attend the course, sponsored by Norwich City Football Club and Football in the Community.
The YMCA team were presented with their trophies on Friday July 4 by former Norwich City star Jeremy Goss
and Frank Harper
, a local resident who had loads of balls land in his garden during the course and who very kindly donated the cup itself.
The course was even more special for two of the YMCA players, who both won individual accolades and achieved their FA Level Coaching Certificate and will go on to help deliver the next Street Life Soccer course.
Michael Douglas (right top) won a trophy for the player who contributed most to the programme in the classroom and on the pitch. He said: “We hope that season two of Street Life Soccer will be as successful as the first.”
David Dowling (right below)
was voted YMCA Player of the Season by his peers. He said: “I have had loads of opportunities through taking part in Street Life Soccer, particularly achieving the Level 1 FA Coaching qualification. I hope to play a bigger part in Street Life Soccer next season.”
In September they will both be coaching young people in local neighbourhood Street Soccer projects sponsored by FiTC.
Lee Thompson, from St Martins Housing, won a trophy for most committed team player.
Each participant in the programme was presented with a medal for completing course – by Jeremy Goss and by YMCA Norfolk chief executive John Drake.
Street Life Soccer is run by two coaches from Norwich City’s Football in the Community programme, Gavin Coe and Jamie Nielson, and participants attend one hour of Team Talk, which is education-based, and one hour of professional football coaching each week.
The YMCA team were also helped by PC Matt Spillman, along with PC Craig Brooke, from the Safer Neighbourhood Team.
PC Spillman said: “It is a superb scheme and helps us to break down barriers. We got a frosty reception at first but now it is giving the lads a focus and they are all improving in discipline, commitment and health.
PC Brooke said: “They have done really well on the field and in the classroom, they do homework and keep a diary of what they eat. It is not just turning up for the game.”
Pictured above are the YMCA team with their coaches, John Drake and Jeremy Goss.