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Leaders in Sport & Physical Activity: David Duke

Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

On Wednesday 29 May 2019, the founder and chief executive of Street Soccer, David Duke, spoke at the Scottish Parliament about his journey through sport and the lessons he has learned along the way.

Organised by the Futures Forum and the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICe), this seminar was part of a series reflecting on how we can use the positive power of sport and physical activity to build a better future.

David spoke about his journey from homelessness to playing for and coaching Scotland in the Homeless World Cup (including as a winner in 2007) to becoming one of Scotland’s leading social entrepreneurs.

Listen to David’s presentation in this podcast:

David Duke

David Duke, from Govan in Glasgow, is the founder and chief executive of Street Soccer Scotland, a social enterprise that uses football to create positive change in the lives of socially disadvantaged adults and young people in Scotland.

He has experienced homelessness, and some of the problems that face the people his organisation serves, making him one of the best placed people to inspire, deliver and advise on social inclusion programmes that use sport as a vehicle for change.

David is also Global Ambassador for the Homeless World Cup organisation, a competition which he won as coach of the Scotland team in 2007. In 2018, he received an MBE in recognition of his contribution to sport and socially disadvantaged people.

Pic – Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

This seminar was part of a series from Leaders in Sport and Physical Activity. Information about all the seminars is available here: