Coaching legend Alex McLeish surprises players during community football training session
Football legend and former Scotland manager Alex McLeish has surprised Street Soccer London attendees by teaching young footballers a few tricks on the pitch.
Welcomed into the Street Soccer family for the afternoon, McLeish gave the players an inspirational pep talk and the chance to be mentored by a former national team and Premier League manager. He passed on words of wisdom and coping mechanisms he uses to be a strong player in life, on and off the pitch, whether it’s how to hit the perfect free kick or how he handles the daily challenges he faces. life throws. to him.
Street Soccer’s mission is to support people experiencing social isolation through education and the power of football. Weekly sessions and programs, powered by the local community and bringing people together, are structured to give players free access to football as well as any off-pitch support they need. They aim to help those most in need of guidance, with many participants facing challenges such as homelessness, mental health issues, long-term unemployment, substance abuse and criminal justice.
Speaking about the training session, McLeish said: “It was fantastic to come to Street Soccer and surprise these inspiring youngsters who are so committed to the programme. A cause like this is so important to communities in the UK and I couldn’t resist getting involved. These players will be ones to watch in the future.”
Leading meatless brand Quorn, Street Soccer’s newest partner, was on hand at the training session to supply the coaches with their brand new kit and refuel the players from the Quorn Food Truck after their efforts on the pitch.
Sam Blunt, Director of Business Operations at Quorn, said: “We are proud to partner with Street Soccer who are doing incredible work supporting those at risk of social isolation, through the power of community football projects. We support their program by providing a training kit for coaches who dedicate their time to the local community, and look forward to seeing this important charity continue to thrive across the UK.
Street Soccer CEO and Founder David Duke said: “We are on a mission to provide community where it is needed and we believe that bringing adults and young people together through football gives them the best foundation for coming. The new kit partnership is great for our players and team as we strive to create positive change through football.