Football for good sleepout
As part of the inaugural International Football For Good Day and in support of the Commonwealth and the Year of Youth 2023, this is your chance to show your support in tackling youth homelessness through the power of football.
The cost of the living crisis is affecting thousands. Homelessness has almost DOUBLED in the last decade. And every 4 minutes, a household becomes homeless.
Households facing homelessness are the HIGHEST since records began, with new figures showing that almost 80,000 households faced homelessness in England in the first quarter of 2023. There are also record numbers of people living in temporary accommodation – including 131,370 children (Shelter 2023), and there are now currently over 300,000 people in the UK without a place to call home.
But – together, we can end homelessness.
Event sponsors & Partners
By taking part in the Football For Good Sleepout event, you are assured to gain an insight into the issues surrounding homelessness and how you – as a business leader – can help effect positive social change, through the power of football.
Changing Lives through Football is at the heart of everything we do at the Street Soccer Foundation.
We hope you’ll join us as a valued part of our team going into 2024 to help us continue to drive and achieve an even greater positive social impact in support of others, to help strengthen and enhance communities and our society as a whole throughout the coming years.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
USE THE HASHTAG #FFGSLEEPOUT
First ever FFG sleepout
The Football For Good Sleepout is the first ever official sleepout event to take place at the iconic London Stadium and provides you with the real chance to genuinely change people’s lives.
By swapping your bed for a sleeping bag for just one night, you will help raise awareness of homelessness as well as crucial funds that will be invested into the UK’s No.1 football-led project tackling youth homelessness: the Street Soccer Academy.
The STreet Soccer Foundation
Working in partnership with several football clubs across the Premier League and English Football League, the Street Soccer Foundation oversees the nationwide delivery of the Academy – A nationally acclaimed programme which helps disadvantaged young people build their confidence, self-belief and resilience, and be able to move into work, education or further training.
Our wall of support
see who has signed up... Our London Business Leaders United together to tackle Homelessness
Let’s unite together to tackle homelessness. Be a part of our team on the night and encourage your fellow business leaders, business owners, c-suite executives, directors and teams as we come together to show our support in helping to tackle and eradicate homelessness. #OneTeamUnited.
All you need is a big heart, a sleeping bag, and be willing to raise or donate £250.
£250 sponsors a young vulnerable person through our Street Soccer Academy programme.
Sign up to secure your place at this iconic event – the first ever official sleepout event at the London Stadium – and make history on the International Football For Good Day.
Frequently Asked Questions
On the night
You will be greeted on arrival and guided to a dedicated space inside the Stadium to set up your bed for the night. Afterwards there’ll be a selection of activities and talks to get involved in to help you understand more about some of the challenges facing young people, and how the Street Soccer Foundation supports these young individuals.
There will be basic provisions made available on the night, including teas and coffees, along with water. For the morning there will also be fruits and pastries. We would recommend you eat before arriving to the venue. Please do not bring your own food and drink as they will not be permitted into the venue. Please inform us of any dietary requirements you may have.
Arrival will be from 7pm. Please head to the registration area. We won’t be allowing re-entry on the night so please bring everything you need with you. Lights out will be from 11pm latest and people tend to leave in the morning from 5-7am when public transport restarts in the morning.
The venue is expected to be cold and drafty, and we will be spending the evening outdoors. Please bring plentiful layers and waterproofs to keep warm throughout and keep an eye on the weather forecast the week before. For the overnight we’d recommend bringing a sleeping bag, hat, gloves, thick socks, plus anything that might make your evening more comfortable such as a pillow. Feel free to bring a change of clothes for sleeping but make sure you’re keeping warm. In liaison with the Stadium, we will provide a secure storage place to secure and store your valuables on site, but we would politely encourage you to refrain from bringing any valuables with you where at all possible. If you do need to bring anything valuable, ideally keep them on your person. Please Note: The Street Soccer Foundation will not be liable for any lost or stolen items.
Absolutely, yes. The sleeping area is plenty spacious so you can be with your colleagues during the night.
The Football For Good Sleepout at the London Stadium will be held inside the main Stadium in London. It is about a 15-minute walk from Stratford International. Please visit: https://www.london-stadium.com/plan-your-visit/gettinghere.html. Once you reach the London Stadium, head towards the XXX, where we will register you.
FAQs - Fundraising
Add to your JustGiving page as an offline donation: All the money raised on your online fundraising page will be sent directly to the Street Soccer Foundation, so there’s no need to do anything else with that. If you receive cash donations you can add these as ‘offline donations’ to your JustGiving page, all you need to do then is send us the cheque. You can also make a donation of the cash directly onto your own JustGiving page.
Absolutely! If your company offers match funding, inform them of your fundraising for the Football For Good Sleepout. We would still love for you to aim for your minimum fundraising target of £1,000 and with your companies’ support, you will be able to double your impact!
We are asking all of our participants to keep their sponsors in the loop in the lead up to the Sleepout and afterwards. We would encourage you to share a photo of you and your bed space once you have set it up inside the Stadium on the night, and capture a ‘morning after’ selfie, proving you did it! Maybe you could do a short video message too, letting your supporters know of your experience and how you found it. When you post, please make sure you tag us on Instagram @streetsoccerfoundation – we’d love to see how you’re getting on!
All monies raised on the night and following the Football For Good Sleepout event at the London Stadium will be invested into the Street Soccer Foundation and specifically, our Street Soccer Academy programme.
This is our national flagship programme and the UK’s No.1 football-led project initiative tackling youth homelessness. Every Academy will typically support an average of ten young people who are currently experiencing homelessness, or who are deemed at risk of becoming homeless, and through key partnerships across the country across the Premier league and English Football League, we will provision each Academy to help support young people to improve their confidence, self-belief, resilience, and further help improve their skills and employability prospects, to enable all course participants to move into work, education or further training, following their completion of the programme.
On meeting your fundraising target and alongside achieving our overall fundraising target, we aim to support up to 500 young people through our nationally acclaimed Street Soccer Academy throughout 2024 – with your help. Find out more about our work here: www.streetsoccerfoundation.org.uk.
Together, Changing Lives Through Football.