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 Transforming lives of homeless people through sport

2 April 2015

BT Sport’s The Supporters Club has announced a new partnership using football to inspire homeless people to positively change their lives.

BT Sport ambassadors, Joe Hart and David James with James Buckley and James Shaw

The partnership with the Homeless FA, England’s national homeless football association, focuses on the Team England and Training Centre programme and will see The Supporters Club make a substantial grant.

It was unveiled at a special activity session at the Manchester City Football Academy, with current and former City goalkeepers, and BT Sport ambassadors, Joe Hart and David James.

They were joined by head of the Homeless FA Gareth Parker, along with James Buckley and James Shaw, who have come through the Homeless FA’s programmes in the north-west, and will be working as coaches and mentors on this year’s Manchester City Training Centre programme.

During the session, Joe and David took the two James through a range of goalkeeping drills and shared advice on what it takes to succeed.

The grant from The Supporters Club will be used to roll out the programme across all nine regions of the UK, involving 12 professional football clubs, including Manchester City, Arsenal, Everton and Aston Villa.

At each club a six-week training programme is run by professional coaches and consists of practical and workshop-based sessions, benefiting more than 400 people who are or have been homeless.

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “The work of the Homeless FA’s Training Centre programme is a vibrant example of how the sport can provide a rich pathway for those experiencing challenges in their lives.”

Gareth said: “Thanks to the support of The Supporters Club we will be able to give even more people the confidence and tools to transform their lives."

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