GreenSquare’s Gloucestershire Housing Support service entered a team into this year’s CCP Charity Shield, which was held at Waterwells, Quedgeley recently.
The annual six-a-side tournament, organised by County Community Projects (CCP) – which provides a range of crisis and preventative services to improve the lives of children, young people, families and vulnerable adults – aims to bring together people who have overcome challenging lives and encourage them to take part for a chance of winning the trophy.
The housing support team was made up of clients, volunteers and different agency staff including representatives from GreenSquare; Gloucester-based support service, Your Lifestyle; and the Brockworth Community Project.
James Aldridge, Community Involvement Officer for Gloucestershire Housing Support, played in the team on the day. He said: “Our team made it through the group stages by winning three out of the first four matches, but unfortunately we then lost 1-0 in the semi-final to a very youthful team from Open House – Stroud.
“It was a great day. The tournament was played in a very friendly and sporting manner and all of our team enjoyed themselves. And there were also some great benefits for our clients who played. Not only did taking part help them to build their self confidence and overcome certain levels of anxiety, but it also helped them to improve their overall wellbeing and reintegrate with their friends and other support networks.”
One of the clients on the football team suffers from anxiety and was supported by his GreenSquare Housing Support Worker, Olivia Khan, to enable him to take part. In the lead up to the tournament, his anxiety levels were so high that he considered pulling our of the tournament, but thanks to Olivia’s ongoing support , he managed to successfully overcome this and participate.
Everyone who took part found the tournament to be a very positive experience, so much so, members of the team are now keen to get involved in similar events.