Street Life Soccer participant to be guest of honour on Friday
James, 34, was once homeless but has been a part of the Street Life Soccer (SLS) programme for eight years and recently got the chance to be captain for England Street FA.
The project is run by and supported by the Community Sports Foundation (CSF) and is now funded by BT Supporters Club and Premier League Works.
"I was homeless before I was involved in the project but I have now sorted my life out," James told canaries.co.uk.
"It was the support of the Street Life Soccer programme that got me through. The lads encouraged me to keep strong and they supported me."
"My confidence has been built up so much that last month I stood up and spoke about my life and the progress I’ve made in front of an audience of people," added James.
England Street FA takes part in the Homeless World Cup and often has games against other nations around the world.
"I was recently selected to represent England at St George’s Park as part of the Street Football England Team and took part in the European Street Football Festival in Manchester," he explained.
"I was so happy to be captain of my team against France and I met a lot of great people when I was there. I loved every single bit about it and training at St George’s Park was great.
"Street Life Soccer means a lot to me as my life is finally back on track and I am feeling happy, motivated and positive about my future. It makes me very happy to be Community Hero."
CSF design and deliver the programme to ensure that people who have the greatest need for the programme have access to it.