David Duke is the founder and Chief Executive of Street Soccer (Scotland), a non-profit social enterprise that uses football to help create positive change in the lives of socially disadvantaged adults and young people. At 34, David has grown to be widely admired with his social entrepreneurship skills and inspirational personality, he has experienced first-hand the problems that face the people that his organisation works with and helps on a daily basis. This alone makes him one of the best placed people to inspire, deliver and advise on social inclusion programmes that use sport as its catalyst. In 2003 he was living on the streets of Glasgow and had reached a low point in his life. He didn’t know it at the time but a visit to a young person’s support centre would provide him with the opportunity to represent his country at the global ‘Homeless World Cup’ tournament and the moment his new life would begin.
Six years later, in 2009, David founded Street Soccer (Scotland) to address, face on, issues including health, social exclusion and education. Now, in 2015, Street Soccer (Scotland) delivers a wide range of programmes across the length and breadth of Scotland to thousands of participants.
Street Soccer (Scotland)’s work was also recognised during the inspirational Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games being named as a Legacy Partner for Scotland’s largest ever sporting event. David also played a major part in the Games’ opening ceremony when he joined Sir Chris Hoy and actor James McAvoy on stage to celebrate the work of international children’s charity UNICEF.
David works closely with local and national Government, sports governing bodies, mental health charities, housing associations and professional football clubs all with the aim of improving the lives of those who face some of society’s biggest challenges. He is a well-known face, and voice, in his sector and is recognised as an authority on sport and social change.
David is a regular contributor at the international Doha Goals Forum and has been a speaker at other global events including the Beyond Sport Global Summit. David is also Global Ambassador for the Homeless World Cup organisation, Ambassador for National Youth Charity, Quarriers, is an Advisory Board Member for UNICEF (Scotland) and in recent years represented the UK on the Vodafone Local Heroes tour of South Africa. He was named as The Sunday Times ‘Change Maker’ of the Year in 2012. David has also been recognised by Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University which awarded him an Honorary Doctorate for his work in this field.
Street Soccer (Scotland) has also won a host of awards including the coveted Merit Award from Professional Footballers Association and an Excellence Award for Private Business (Social Enterprise) from PwC/HSBC.
Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Find out more about Street Soccer (Scotland) at http://www.streetsoccerscotland.org/