The “Street 2 School Soccer Programme” is a community sports development initiative based in the LA township, Accra (Ghana) which provides both football and education to local youth. ‘S2S’ works by providing football training sessions, matches and homework club to reintroduce disenfranchised youths back into the school system in addition to offering them continued educational and vocational support. Through this vibrant and inspiring community programme our goal is to continue allowing as many underprivileged children as possible (8 – 18-year-old boys and girls) gain proper access to education into adulthood.
Thousands of children in the La Township struggle to properly access education as many are born to very poor families. ‘The Street To School Soccer Programme’ started with only 5 boys and is now supporting around 140 Children in Ghana by offering a quality homework club and daily football programme to engage young people into quality education and keeping them off the streets.
Many of the children we are working with cannot afford basic materials needed for school or football; but with the help of ‘S2S’, we can get the basics needed to allow these children not only to continue their right to education, but also to continue enjoying their youth by playing the sport they love! Before ‘S2S’ the children now involved with the programme loved to play sport, though many were unable to read and write to the required level for their age. By introducing this programme into the community we have managed to change perception in the area and encourage the importance of school to young people as well as their parents. Amazingly, parents are now also encouraging their children to come to training, learn, and play football in a safe and developmental environment. Now 80% of participants are registered in formal education and 99% of programme participants get extra-curricular education with us at ‘S2S’.
In a conversation with the U13 captain Alfred Archer he said “my parents allow me to come to train always because they know I don’t only play football but I also learn, which makes me stick to my books. Because of ‘S2S’ I have good grades even though I have combined school with football. The homework based studies helps me understand things better than I did in class.”.
“The Street to School Soccer Programme” is providing an excellent opportunity for positive change in Labadi’s youth and is helping to alleviate the cycle of poverty by encouraging better opportunities for the next generation of children. We recognise the power sport can have on each child’s development and the opportunities continued education can give young people, especially those living in poverty.
Despite being a new initiative ‘The Street to School Soccer Programme’ has already started to produce some outstanding graduates from the programme, some of these include:
o David Adarkwa – Currently in University studying Medicine
o Bernard Tekpetey – Professional Footballer at FC Shalke 04
o Richard Ofori Ashia – Completed university and is doing his national service at the Ministry of Defence
o Kwabena Bobby – Completed university and is now coaching the u13’s and teaching at ‘S2S’.
By volunteering as a football coach with Akwaaba Volunteers you will become a part of the legacy and help support, coach and educate the ‘Street To School’ kids. Like so many of our volunteer coaches we hope that you will leave an inspirational mark on the ‘S2S’ kids whilst helping them secure a better future for themselves.