This week, teams of homeless people have taken part in the first-ever football matches played at the Eden Project.

Located in St Blazey, Cornwall, the Eden Project comprises of a series of domes that house plant species from around the world with each dome emulating a natural biome. Conceived ten years ago, the complex opened to the public in 2001 and contains the world's largest greenhouse.

And the participants in the competition had all completed nine-week Great Grass programmes which took place at Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City, Bristol Rovers and Bristol City.

The course is aimed at teaching aspects of football business including catering, ticketing, ground maintenance, marketing and physiotherapy culminating in the awarding of a coaching qualification and NVQ level 2.

Theo Pope, who completed the course at Plymouth Argyle, said: "Great Grass has been amazing. I've met some great people and learned new skills.

"It's been a good journey, most definitely a positive experience and I'm happy to be one of the first people to play football at Eden."

And Richard McBride, who was also on the Plymouth course, added: "I found Great Grass really rewarding. I'm football crazy, so it was great learning at Argyle."

Great Grass is the result of a collaboration between the Eden Project, the four football clubs involved, The Football League Trust and Comic Relief. The partnership endeavours to help homeless young people gain the skills and confidence to improve their lives.

And in addition to gaining practical skills, Great Grass aims to help its participants grow in confidence, live a more structured life and play a more active role in their communities.

The four-a-side matches were played in a spirit of healthy competitiveness, with Exeter emerging eventual winners, followed closely by Bristol.

Jodie Giles, Eden's Great Day Out programme manager, said: "It was a brilliant day and a real celebration of the achievement of all the people who have taken part in Great Grass so far.

"There was a really positive atmosphere and it brought people together with common goals. We look forward to hosting more events like this in the future."