Testimonies

“Without them, I wouldn’t have been as confident as I am now. I always thank them for everything I’ve done and for what they’ve done for me…they’re always talking to you. Every single one of them, I’d trust them no matter what.”

Calvin, Aged 18

“SMP brings that sense of belonging, cohesion, that team ethos. It knackers the kids; tires them out so they haven’t got that energy to go home bouncing off the walls and creating problems in their own neighbourhoods…They love football, that sense of community. And St. Matthew’s has got that special part of the community…the coaches, the project manager’s role – it’s central to the success of the project.”

PC Adam Barr, Safer Schools Police Officer

“I would like to thank St. Matthew’s for the support you have given my daughter. She originally joined girls-only football on Saturday morning to improve her team work / playing skills and she ended up getting more than just that. She got more confidence in dealing with others and has learnt to know and appreciate herself as well as others. Finally, and most importantly, she now belongs to a group she is proud of…the girls offer her support and comfort and she loves it, particularly knowing that she does not have aunties or sisters in the UK.”

Parent testimony

“It has been a real pleasure to work with you in this competition. Our girls are so happy and grateful with you and all the staff there. I am looking forward for the next one after Christmas.”

The Laurels

“We would like to thank you for your efforts in organising the league, it has been fantastic.”

Lambeth Academy

“Well done to everyone involved in the Girls’ League at Ferndale – it was so well organised and great fun!”

Evelyn Grace Academy

“Coming to St. Matthew’s has really helped me as a person because playing here is like a dream. In Madrid, I used to play football, but on the streets, so never really in a team. Here, I am playing with other girls, as a team. It’s really nice.”

Kelfra, Aged 14

“I was so impressed with your organisation, dedication and commitment; it is what so many kids in the area need to experience and not least of which is to see male role models who are disciplined and fair and reliable.”

Joy Worth, Parent

“The St. Matthew’s Project works with young people in some of the most deprived parts of my constituency, and indeed the country. They operate in an area where young people are at a higher than average risk of gang involvement, and through free football clubs and coaching, the project provides positive interactions with peers, support from role models, opportunities to volunteer in their community and more. St. Matthew’s has been very successful at engaging with the local youth and has received praise from many in the community, including local councillors and the police.”

Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham (covering parts of Tulse Hill & Brixton)

“The St. Matthew’s Project is a charity based in Lambeth using the power of football as a vehicle to engage young people in the Tulse Hill and Brixton area and beyond. Volunteering and training opportunities and structured sport are on offer to the local community. An FA Charter Standard club celebrating its tenth anniversary, the project has progressed from modest beginnings to achieve the coveted title of ‘London Football Association Charter Standard Club of the Year 2014’.”

David Kiobel, Lambeth Council Sports & Recreation Service

“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. I honestly don’t know where I would be without SMP.”

Aramide, Aged 18

“Shared a carriage on the northern line yesterday with some happy, enthused and polite young people from this project which made me want to make a donation. Good luck for next season!”

Member of the public

“Staff of the Sports and Recreation unit recognise the work that St. Matthew’s Project delivers in the Coldharbour and Tulse Hill Ward of Lambeth. The commitment of the staff and the partnership working the project’s officers have engaged in ensures that activities are extremely well attended and that the young people accessing the sessions have the opportunity to further develop as there are a number of exit routes that they can be referred to.”

Trevor East, Lambeth Council Sports & Recreation Service

“It keeps him occupied, it keeps him alert; it teaches him a lot of things and it keeps him from that thing where they’re hanging around the block; he sees a lot of the kids. I’m proud of him…I thought my kid would have gone downhill and would have been wandering the streets. I never would have thought a kid of mine could do this. But I’m proud of him.”

Parent testimony