Life Goals

We’re delighted to launch a new VYD project: Life Goals, funded by The Enjoolata Foundation.

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected people’s mental and physical health and those already marginalised have been disproportionately impacted. With Life Goals, we want to reach local Sussex based people who are homeless, have disabilities, live in poverty and/or have mental health issues. Our mission is to offer opportunities through football and coaching that will give them positive building blocks and ‘Life Goals’.

Sessions for Life Goals focus on working towards particpants gaining their Playmaker qualification and then an Introduction to Coaching Football coaching qualification. This, we hope, may lead onto paid or volunteer coaching opportunities with VYD and other local football clubs, including our sister club Montpelier Villa FC, but at minimum gives a sense of achievement and makes the individuals more employment ready.

Participants will be referred from organisations across the city, including the Clock Tower Sanctuary, Stay up Late, The Bevy and the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden. There will be groups running for different age groups from 16-24, 25-39, 40+.

We have designed an eight-week course with each group having a maximum of six participants to make it very personalised and supportive. Sessions will be on the Falmer Sports Complex 3G pitch and also include classroom based theory, as well as exploring psychology and the FA’s four corners model. When life is chaotic, we appreciate that turning up regularly to sessions can feel a big commitment so we will focus on encouraging and supporting coaches throughout, as well as helping with travel fees for those most in need.

At the end of the course, each coach will have gained their relevant football based qualification; they will have also received suicide prevention training, first aid training, safeguarding training, disability awareness coaching  as well as a full VYD training kit.

The people we want to reach with Life Goals will be out of work, homeless, experiencing health inequalities – all on the margins of society. Through Life Goals, we want to give them the opportunity to work towards building a more positive future, giving them a skill, self-confidence and a network of support. The hope is that long term these coaches will make a positive contribution back to their community.

If you know anyone who would benefit from Life Goals, please show them our way. Sessions are on Wednesdays between 2-3.30pm at Falmer Sports Complex, with a mix of theory and practical coaching with highly qualified and motivated local coaches.

Please email gary@vycic.org for more info.