The programme aims to offer a comprehensive support package to disadvantaged and vulnerable young people at critical transition points in their lives.

Helping them to develop their life skills in order to bring about positive changes for individuals who are unrepresented and residing in some of the most disadvantaged communities in London. Fit 4 Life harnesses the power that football has to positively improve a young person’s wellbeing. Young people take part in a series of workshops which run alongside a football and coaching programme over 12 weeks. Workshops are followed by a one-hour drop-in session, where those individuals identified as being most-in-need are offered further one-to-one support with our counsellor as necessary.

The programme was initially funded for two years by the Berkeley Foundation in 2018 and the programme is still ongoing, funded once again by Berkeley. We are currently working in partnership with Partisan CIC, a team of community psychotherapists and psychologists, delivering a programme to female pupils at City Heights Academy, weekly drop-in sessions on Tulse Hill Estate for young men aged 18+, and support workshops and one-to-ones for SMP coaches.

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Fit 4 Life Project
SMP is not just about football, the love they show in this organisation has a huge impact on families too. They inspire, support, protect, educate, equip and empower not just their players but also the parents. They have amazing coaches/mentors/managers. I used to think football was all about being competitive but being part of this organisation has changed my view for the better. I am looking forward to my child's future in football. SMP are truly a gift to the community.

Parent

I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the help and support you have given to us girls at St. Matthew’s and especially to me as an individual in my development.

Aramide

Aged 18
I want to express my gratitude to St. Matthew’s for all their assistance over the past ten years, for all the great memories playing football but especially with obtaining my certifications in traffic management and fire marshal, and my CSCS card. Really, without their help, I'm not sure where I would be.

Moving On participant

Weekly wellbeing workshops.

At our weekly wellbeing workshops, young people receive a free meal on arrival then get the chance to talk in confidence about any issues they like with a trained counsellor and youth worker from Partisan. Free football and coaching sessions follow the workshops.