Peterborough charity is bringing back football sessions for homeless people

Peterborough charity is bringing back football sessions for homeless people

image source, Paddy Berryman

image caption, The sessions started last September and took a break before returning this month due to feedback from participants

  • Author, Rachael McMenemy and Shariqua Ahmed
  • Role, BBC News, Cambridgeshire

A charity has brought back football sessions for homeless people after participants said it had a “positive impact” on their lives.

The sessions, run by Light Project Peterborough in partnership with the Posh Foundation and Living Sports UK, aim to help homeless people “improve their health without judgement”.

One participant said the sessions allowed people to “get away from it all for about an hour”.

The Posh Foundation said it was “delighted” to continue the partnership.

The initiative was launched last year after feedback from the homeless community who wanted to “get active”.

A spokesman for the charity said it was “great to see” people attending the sessions again.

Anyone living on the streets or in temporary accommodation can take part and have access to a full football kit and access to showers.

“Before we took a break, we regularly received feedback from participants saying how much of a positive impact it was to be able to spend an hour or so away from their daily struggles and just have fun,” the spokesperson said.

Brian, who attends the sessions, said: “Everyone has their own issues and football gives them time and space to get away from everything, even for an hour or so.”

A spokesperson for the Posh Foundation said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Light Project Peterborough to provide free football sessions for the homeless community.

“These sessions are already having a positive impact, with an average attendance of 8-10 participants per session.

“It is inspiring to see the joy and sense of community that football brings to those who need it most.

“We look forward to continuing this initiative and reaching even more people in need.”

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