The Dallow Streetz Football project uses this popular sport as a tool for addressing a range of challenges facing the residents of Dallow and neighbouring wards in Luton.
These Challenges include:
High and rising levels of unemployment
Lack of community cohesion and integration
High incidence of crime and anti-social behaviour
The project targets young people from across Dallow’s diverse communities to come together on a weekly basis for football coaching/matches. Based at Dallow Learning Community Centre (DLCC), which has recently installed a brand new, state-of-the-art third generation artificial sports pitch.
In addition to the regular sports activities, Dallow Streetz arranges for a range of information events to take place at selected weekly sessions, providing information, advice and guidance to the project participants about training and careers opportunities, plus issues such as drug awareness. A variety of organisations attend these sessions.
The weekly two hour training sessions are delivered by an experienced, qualified football coach, aimed at young people between the ages of 11-17 supported by members of the Dallow Streetz management committee acting in a voluntary capacity.
The overall outcome of the project will be to engage Dallow youth in purposeful and fun activity in a safe and secure environment with access to the first class facilities and coaching experts.
Dallow Streetz views the project as a starting point for a long terms, sustainable programme of football training and related activities, and plans to use it as the basis for the development of a youth football league.