No ordinary sports project
30 Sep 2016 01:21 PM
Sport is not just about getting fit – it's a tool that can transform lives. Here we look at one scheme that's giving new opportunities to young people across England.
“Now that I’ve got a job I feel great about the future and earn my own money so I can save and do the things I want to do.”
Chelsea is one of many who have had their lives transformed by Street LeagueOpen in a new window – the UK-wide sports charity that’s getting disadvataged young people into work.
A year ago Chelsea lacked confidence and found it hard to talk to people. All of that changed when she discovered Street League. The charity combines football and fitness sessions with vital training such as CV writing, interview skills. Any young person aged 16-25 and out of work can take part – and the results speak for themselves.
Chelsea (24) now has a full-time job and is full of confidence.
“When I first arrived on the course, everyone bonded through sport and the course leaders were interested in what you actually wanted to do rather than telling you.
“I feel really positive now, I’ve got so much more opportunities and I feel more confident in myself as well.”
That’s just one of the many benefits of the Street League programme. Supportive course leaders and weekly hour-long sessions are helping to bring people from all backgrounds together through the power of sport.
The charity’s mission is ambitious – to end youth unemployment in England.
With further support sessions on self-confidence, money management and careers guidance, all the ingredients are there. Working in 16 locations across the UK, 1,281 young people have moved into further education, training or employment during the last twelve months, with 55% sustaining their work for six months or longer.
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