Goals to Glory Story
“Goals to Glory” (name chosen by Christ Church London)
Ambassadors Football began Goalside for children in Kennington, London in 2009 in partnership with Christ Church London. A few coaches & volunteers turned up at a tarmac school football pitch in Kennington, but at first no children were in sight.
A few children eventually walked past and were asked to join in. One of these children was called Jason. The following week he turned up with five friends. Five versus five became seven against seven until the project grew to have around 40-50 children involved each week. London City Mission began to partner with the project, making visits to the footballers’ families.
7 years later and Goalside has grown as they have a session for 6-15 year olds followed by a session for 16+. The building of relationships has given the opportunity to share faith and invite to other church activities. Jason is still involved and has been a regular every week. Initially he was hard to control, challenging every decision made but through the support of coaches has developed a positive attitude and now volunteers every week for the younger children. “Goalside has shown us how simple and effective football is to reach youth in our community and has given us opportunities to share the Gospel with them and deepen relationships with both young people and their families.” Kevin Croft, London City Mission