Thursday 16th July 2020,
North Edinburgh Community News

Christmas Day football at Leith Links

Football fans got together yesterday to play some games and have Christmas dinner as part of the Street Soccer event for the lonely and homeless people.

Around 80 people turned up for the event, now in its seventh year, at Leith Links.

Street Soccer is a social enterprise based in Leith who work to tackle social exclusion.

Project founder, David Duke, said “We work 365 days a year but Christmas Day perhaps amplifies loneliness and separation for people.

“This gives them somewhere to go and supports people whether they are suffering mental health issues, homelessness or battling addiction.

“Everyone wants to help in some way and we just bring it all together and try to provide opportunity, purpose and somewhere to be and go.

“It can be transformational and brings home what Christmas is all about – sharing good times and being there for one another.”

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