Project information

Friday Football Drop-in Project

A weekly drop-in football session for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people age 11-17, from low income families. The project provides a positive diversionary activity on an evening when anti-social behaviour levels and risk taking behaviour would typically rise and is valued by all who attend.

October 2015 - December 2016

Charity information: Winchester Detached Youth Work Project

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  • Need


    The drop-in football project is in addition to the detached youth work that we provide in the Winchester district, working with disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, many of whom are disengaged and often lead risky lifestyles. It is offered as a diversionary activity to address anti-social behaviour. In addition to the on pitch staff, there are Youth Workers off pitch who able to address issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, including legal highs, relationship issues, and keeping safe.


    We have found that it is critical to work with young people long term due to the often chaotic lifestyles that they choose. The participants are from the local community and from our evaluations we are able to measure our success in keeping them engaged in a safe activity which has positive effects on their lifestyle choices. They may be offending or re-offending, but by taking part in the project we are able to build up the trust long term and can drip feed advice, support and information.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To engage young people in a safe activity which has positive effects on their lifestyle choices.


    » By providing a weekly drop-in football session on Friday nights for young people from low income families.

    What success will look like

    Success will be for 25-30 young people to attend the project each week. For youth workers to offer information and support around safeguarding issues.

  • Impact


    By taking part in the project we are able to build up the trust long term and can drip feed advice, support and information which can help them to make a positive change and become better citizens in our society. We encourage local PCSOs to drop into the project on a regular basis which has helped build relationships with the young people and we have had testimonials from the PCSOs that it has helped to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area and improve relationships with young people.


    We have no specific funding for the project and rely on donations to keep it going. We apply for local funding to support the project but these are not guaranteed.


    Donors to the project will receive monthly emails to report the progress of the project and photos/voiceclips of participants.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,800 Pitch hire Pitch hire for 50 weeks
      £3,690 Staff 3 x youth workers x 50 weeks
      £410 Equipment Footballs, goalie gloves, first aid
  • Background


    Weeke is in Winchester, Hampshire. There is no local youth club in the area and the project provides a safe activity on a Friday night for the young people who are from low income families.


    Young people aged 11-17 who are from low income families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been delivering detached youth work in Winchester and surrounding areas for over 30 years. The football project has been running for 4 years and we are able to refer young people from our detached service to the project. The staff are well respected and the project is run successfully.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ben Martin

    Ben is our Project Manager and has been a key to the success of the project for over 3 years. The participants have great respect for him and the team


2 hours of youth work time