Tackling social exclusion through football

Street Soccer Scotland scores SCQF success

Date posted

5 July 2018


Edinburgh Napier has gained funding to credit rate the Street Soccer Scotland Coaching Award, placing it within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework. (SCQF)


The move will allow more players to gain recognised qualifications through the social enterprise, which uses football inspired training and personal development as a medium to empower people affected by social exclusion.

The award, at SCQF level 4 with 20 credit points, contains a suite of football themed modules which engage the participants in vocational training without it being seen as formal education which can be a barrier. 

Edinburgh Napier works with Street Soccer Scotland, founded in 2009, as part of its wider access and outreach activities to provide opportunities for socially disadvantaged groups to access education through sport and have learning achievements recognised with a formal qualification. 

Andy Hook, Head of Programmes at Street Soccer Scotland said: “The team at Street Soccer Scotland are immensely proud of this achievement. 

“This qualification has been a long time in the making and many people have helped us along the way. 

“By using the power of football we believe we can continue to help people from a range of socially disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Street Soccer Scotland is recognised by the Scottish Government and Sport Scotland as a leader in implementing a ‘Sport for Change’ approach, leading to real and lasting social outcomes through the life-changing impact of its programmes and activities.

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) helps people of all ages and circumstances to access the education and training that is appropriate to them over their lifetime. It can help learners to plan their learning and develop progression routes to follow, whatever their situation may be.