Chapter 1 with Street2Feet Tournament

18 MAY 2015

Street2Feet 2015

National 5-a-side homeless football tournament celebrates fifth anniversary

Managed by national housing charity, Chapter 1

The Pitts, Manchester– Thursday 21 May 2015

 

On 21 May 37 five-a-side football teams, representing over 25 organisations who work with homeless and disadvantaged people, will descend on Manchester for the annual Street2Feet tournament.

 The event is run by national housing charity Chapter 1 supported by StreetGames, and has now become a fixture in the homeless sporting calendar.

 Chapter 1's national sport development manager, Dean Ashton, said: 'It all began six years ago when we started a kick-about football team at Chapter 1's Manchesterhostel, The Limes.  It went from strength to strength, and we formed a close link with StreetGames.

 'We went on to extend the programme to include other organisations in Manchesterwho work with homelessness, mental health and young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs). We have established a regular league affiliated to Manchester FA, known as E-Quality FC,  and rolled out a sports development programme across the whole of Chapter 1. 

 'The benefits for the people who take part go far beyond sport. Their confidence and self-esteem improves. They learn about responsibility and team work, and that it 's possible to gain real qualifications and have fun at the same time.'

 Jane Ashworth OBE, CEO of StreetGames, said: 'The Street2Feet tournament is a fantastic initiative that we are very proud to support again this year.  It’s a great example of the work Chapter 1 does all year round to change the lives of young people in the local area through sport and physical activity. This isn’t just a homeless football tournament – it’s about using physical activity to boost young people’s confidence and build safer, stronger communities.'

 2015 marks the fifth anniversary of Street2Feet and has attracted more interest than ever. Students from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) have been helping to arrange the event and promote it on social media. There are also plans to hold a similar tournament later this year in London.

 The trophy will be presented by special guest star – Rachel Brown-Finnis, former Englandwomen's goalkeeper. It is hoped her involvement will encourage more women to get involved in grass roots football.

 Chapter 1, StreetGames and the Street2Feet team would like to thank all the 2015 many supporters and sponsors. These include, ManchesterMetropolitanUniversity, Powerleague, Greggs, Pret-a-Manger and Marks & Spencer.

 Street2feet takes place at The Pitts Powerleague Soccer Centre, 20 Union Street, ManchesterM12 4JDon Thursday 21 May from 11.00 to 16.00.

 

Facts and stats for the first 5 years

2011

  • Number of teams - 10
  • Number of organisations represented -  7
  • Furthest away from Manchester- Liverpool
  • Winners – Chapter 1 The Limes

 2012

  • Number of teams - 24
  • Number of organisations represented - 20
  • Furthest away from Manchester- Glasgow
  • Winners – Chapter 1 The Limes

 2013

  • Number of teams - 27
  • Number of organisations represented  - 25
  • Furthest away from Manchester- Torquay
  • Winners - Cricklewood

 2014

  • Number of teams - 30
  • Number of organisations represented -  30
  • Furthest away from Manchester- Torquay
  • Winners - Cricklewood

 2015 – so far . . .

  • Number of teams - 37
  • Number of organisations represented - 32
  • Furthest away from Manchester- London
  • Partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to arrange the event and co-ordinate social media campaign – check it out on Facebook (street2feet) and Twitter (@streettofeet)
  • Trophy to be presented by Rachel Brown-Finnis, former Englandwomen's goalkeeper
  • Supporters and sponsors include  ManchesterMetropolitanUniversity, Powerleague, Greggs, Pret-a-Manager and Marks & Spencer
  • Plans announced for first Street2Feet tournament in London
  • Winners: will triumph on  Thursday 21 May