The initial delivery from Arsenal focused on individual mentoring and access to accredited training courses. In October 2011 regular classroom activities were set up aimed to improve the levels of participant’s English language; this element also provided opportunities for the group to take part in social action projects within the local community. In April 2012 a weekly football session was added; this progressed quickly with the development of a football team which importantly added to the feel of belonging to something positive, it also created an environment that helped participants forget about their problems for a while. FFT is responsible for referring suitable participants to the project. The football sessions are co-delivered by AITC and FFT to maximise the benefits for those attending. The project has grown in response to the needs of the group, examples of this are: providing accredited training, the access to professional support, employment pathways when ready and help with costs of travel to activities and courses. Very quickly a genuine sense of togetherness developed which became the cornerstone of the project. The group became very close and offered support for each other.
An important element is the sustained engagement which many look forward to and thrive on.