The Project

ss-boardsStreetspeak harnesses young people’s interest in football to develop their literacy skills and raise their self-esteem and aspirations.

In the North West of England, five respected poets lead workshops with young people, encouraging them to write and perform poetry. Over a thousand young people have taken part in the three-year project to date.

In the summer of 2012, young people will exhibit and perform their poetry in a multimedia presentation at the National Football Museum in Manchester. Their poems will be published in a final anthology.

Streetspeak sessions throughout the life of the project have been highly successful. Young people say they feel ‘more positive and confident’ about their writing.


The stimulus for the Streetspeak project was the Football Poetry Exhibition held at the National Football Museum in Preston from September 2007 to March 2008.

Streetspeak is funded by:




Streetspeak will use the NFM’s unique place in football, and football’s role as a positive force in society, to:

  • improve social inclusion
  • reduce juvenile nuisance
  • raise educational standards

Streetspeak aims to improve young people’s listening, speaking and writing skills. The young people who take part in Streetspeak read, write and perform poetry with a football focus. They record their work and feelings in written and video diaries, so that their progress in literacy, attainment and self-esteem can be monitored.

The project has created  learning resources that are freely downloadable from this website.  It has also helped to develop a stronger relationship between the National Football Museum and community groups in the North West.

See the contact page for more information on how to get in touch.