And then there were 12….
Well we had an idea, but still needed to put meat on the bones as they say, i got in touch with George Parolalista and the George Alexander Group, a day spent in Brighton was very productive and George definitely put me straight on what was needed,the plan was formed and the transition form idea to reality was formed.
The next part of the journey began on 8th april 2010 ,when a meeting was arranged to see who was interested in talking about starting this organisation as we now know as ‘Streets revolution’, despite the fact that it wasn’t held in the pub, we had 12 people and myself turn up and out of those 7 were homeless guys from various shelters and hostels, now that was a shock, even more shocking was the fact that project workers, and staff also turned up as well as John Armstrong( Oxford Utd) and Owain Prosser ( Oxfordshire FA) county development officer, which meant that we had a good strong mix of football people, workers and most importantly involvement and input from those that matter.
The relief on my face was clear and lots of talking got under way, by the end of the meeting we had a chairman,treasurer and 2 secretaries and others ready to start a drop in football session in 5 days(yes we were counting our chickens), but we like to call it a leap of faith (note to self about hope and positivity).
So they we are formed and raring to go, the pitch was booked thanks to John and Jon, i know its confusing, made easier by the lack of a moustache on one.
The following takes place between 4pm and 5pm…..
Tuesday April 13th- now looking back this was obviously not a date you want to start to conquer the world, but we were blindly ignorant of the fact and so gung-ho it didn’t matter.
The coach (Andy Bone) was booked and footballs and bibs, cones and all that one needs to play football were all ready except one important thing …………players?
Would anyone show up we had spent hours on the phone and putting up flyers and posters, but well by definition you can never be sure that’s the pro’s and con’s of running a drop in, you don’t have to attend.
3.55 still no one Justin Andrewes was there and so was Andy Bone the coach…..
4.00 one friendly face appears in the distance
4.05 3 more and now we almost have a 5 side team
4.10 3 more and a fellow with a dog(we better not count him)
4.15 and one more arrives so now we have 8
Not bad a few turn up late and we have a great session all took part and gave it there best put through there paces by Andy, clearly not used to the drills, but loads of smiles and lads coming together to play football.
All in all a very good start and this was clearly going to work if they all come back.