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The OSS is current in discussions with Street Soccer Scotland (SSS) and Edinburgh Napier University around a potential research project that will monitor and analyse the work of the charity in deprived communities.

Founded in 2009, SSS is a social enterprise which uses football-inspired training and personal development as a medium to empower people who are affected by social exclusion, to make positive changes in their lives. The staff work across Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow and will shortly take over the management of a community facility in Dundee, which will seek to engage people and families affected by drug and alcohol abuse, and criminal backgrounds.

OSS CEO David Ferguson explained: “The OSS seeks to bring together partners using sport to improve lives and we are currently discussing a project that will help Street Soccer to better understand how and where their programmes have an impact, where they don’t and why, and how their work does help change behaviour among people with criminal backgrounds, and addictions.

“Two fantastic women from Street Soccer spoke at the 2019 OSS National Sport Summit, and explained how their lives had been transformed by the Street Soccer approach to using football – even though one of them admitted she was not a fan of football itself – to engage them in a supportive group that has gone on to empower them to see brighter futures.”

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