Street Soccer Scotland Player
One of his friends inspired him to get clean. With the support of his key worker, Steven started off attending Street Soccer drop in sessions
Expelled from school, using drugs and then homeless by the time he was only 16 years old, Steven spent the following 17 years living a life of chaos, isolation and misery. At 37 years old, Steven found himself in Jericho House, a residential rehabilitation centre in Greenock. He decided to tackle his addiction issues after a friend of his, who had come through similar experiences, recommended he visits. My mother and father had both recently passed away and I was debilitated by the pain of my everyday life.
Being the captain brings a responsibility which I’m well aware of. But I feel I can do my team justice. If my mother was alive today she would be so proud of me.
Steven believes Street Soccer Scotland has been one of the major driving forces of change in his life. “I love volunteering at the youth sessions, and being able to give a little back to the community in Greenock is a privilege.
Street Soccer Scotland has given me the belief that I can overcome any hurdles in life, take on challenges and try new things. However, the most important thing is that I now feel part of the community. And that’s the best feeling in life.
Looking back to when I met my friend in the street who told me there and then, I was going to kill myself and now looking at today, captaining my country, being surrounded by people who believe it me, well I just don’t have the words.