While Wembley is up for sale and the Scottish FA dithers over deciding between Murrayfield and Hampden Park, Street Soccer Scotland founder David Duke is planning his own home of football.
Plans for the £5m The Change Centre were unveiled on April 23 – the Edinburgh football complex will feature 32 en-suite bedrooms to house homeless people as well as a café and a community hub with six football pitches if approved by the city council.
Under the motto “the journey home starts here”, the complex aims to offer three essential things that Duke believes will help turn lives around – security, relationships and purpose – with 30 jobs created.
“The Change Centre can change lives for the better and get people back on their feet for good,” he said. “It will offer hope, relationships and purpose, but much more than that it’ll break away some of the misconceptions around homelessness.
“We don’t want the Change Centre to be just another place offering a roof for people who are homeless. We want to be part of the community, working with locals and users of the Change Centre to build trust and understanding.”
Residents will be referred to the centre, which will share grounds with Edinburgh South Community Football Club, by the city council and partner agencies.