We have been facilitating a football and physical health program over the past 9 months for all young people across the Association. The program is funded by the Foyer Federation Healthy Conversations.
The main aim of the program is to give young people a chance to play sport and have a positive impact on all aspects of health and well being, physical, mental and emotional. Young people can play every week at Shaftsbury Youth Club, and access information advice and guidance from the Health Engagement Team around; nutrition, smoking cessation, low mood, budgeting and other factors impacting young people’s health and well being.
As well as this weekly session the young people play in competitions. Each month two Teams; Forum Birkenhead FC and The SEAD FC, travel to the Pits in Liverpool and play against 14 other services and agencies. The season ended with Forum Birkenhead as champions of the Liverpool Homeless League having not been beaten all season, 38 games. The SEAD also went from strength to strength picking up important wins towards the end of the season to finish mid table.
Both Teams went on to enter the Liverpool Homeless FC Knock Out Cup, where the season was celebrated, and the young people met John Bishop, Comedian and Chris Foy, Premier League Referee. Unfortunately the teams were drawn against each other, with Forum Birkenhead proceeding through and knocking out several teams to make the Final. Liverpool YMCA won 2-1 in the tense Final, Forum Birkenhead defeated on penalties. Both teams have made Forum Housing proud all season, winning, supporting peers, showing excellent sportsmanship and improving communication skills and team play.
After the homeless league both sides entered the DAWN Alcohol Recovery Tournament. This time the teams were drawn in separate groups and both the Forum Birkenhead and The SEAD topped their groups respectively.
Both went onto be victorious in their semi final and played each other in the final. The support and camaraderie between the two teams was again top class. Forum Birkenhead eventually ran out 2-1 winners in yet another tight Final.
In addition to the group training and competitions, 3 young people and 1 Association volunteer travelled to Old Trafford for a 5 week coaching program with the Homeless FA. Here they accessed a coaching qualification, and if successful in other tasks could represent Homeless England FC in the 2015 Homeless World Cup in Chile – they’ll find out in July.
Congratulations to all the young people who attended Wednesday and the Leagues and Cup. The training will continue through the summer and roll on next season.