Employability & Learning
Delivered in partnership with the Society of St James, the Saint4Sport project works with adults who have faced some of life’s biggest challenges, including homelessness, mental health issues or substance and alcohol misuse. Working with over 400 participants per year, the project offers a structured timetable of activity – including football, golf, fishing and gym sessions – to help put routine and purpose back into participant’s lives, whilst offering accredited outcomes, volunteering, work experience and long-term employment opportunities.
I am getting qualifications through Saints4Sport and its keeping me busy. It’s enabling me to live a good life. Gary Watkins – Saints4Sport service user
Premier League Works
The Premier League Works programme offers young adults, aged 16-24, who are not in education, training or employment, the opportunity to take part in an 12-week ‘back-to- work’ programme. Focusing on developing employability, communication and teamwork skills, alongside the opportunity to undertake sports-based and employability qualifications, the programme’s aims are to improve confidence, motivation and self-esteem, in order to help overcome any potential barriers to employment.
I’m now a youth worker for Saints Foundation’s Saints Connect programme, putting on positive activities for young people. Casey Taylor – former Premier League Works participant
Saints Street FC
Saints Street FC is an initiative that offers young adults, aged 16-24, who are not in education, training or employment the opportunity to learn the game of Street Football. Street Football is a 4v4 version of football that is featured in international competitions such as the Homeless World Cup. Through learning the game there are the staff relate skills you may use on the pitch to things they will encounter in their everyday lives. The sessions would allow the young people to work with Saints Foundation members of staff and discuss potential future career plans or be referred onto other programmes. Saints Street FC is designed to be inclusive for men and women of all abilities and everyone is welcome. The sessions would allow the young people to work with Saints Foundation members of staff and discuss potential future career plans.
The pupils are really enjoying these sessions and we can see social skills and behaviour improving for all pupils, in different ways.” Jodie Ryves – Head of Referral Unit – Woodlands Community College