Indoor 5-a-side sessions are run weekly at Ladyfield Church, Chippenham, who very kindly let us use their premises for free. The sessions are facilitated by Doorway’s Support Services Manager, along with several trained volunteers.
“I think the football project is a useful tool for getting to know service users in another capacity, and installs a sense of purpose for those that attend. It is well organised and the volunteers are committed to helping out. Guests have a friendly and hardworking atmosphere where they hopefully can feel safe and most importantly have fun!” Doorway volunteer
The aims and objectives of the sessions are to:
- offer access to sporting opportunities not usually available to our guests
- engage with guests who are more comfortable expressing themselves through physical activity
- encourage teamwork and social cohesion, and counteract boredom which might lead to destructive behaviour
- build skills which might enable some to join local teams
- increase guests’ self confidence and belief that they can positively change their own lives
- offer volunteering opportunities to people who are at work during the day and are therefore unable to volunteer during drop-in sessions.
“I enjoy coming to football on a Monday evening, as it turns out to be a fun and enjoyble session. The staff who run the session are wicked and are funny. Coming to football makes me really determined to have a fit and healthy lifestyle.” Doorway guest