Why we exist

We exist to see an end to youth unemployment in the UK; more than 1 in 7 young people are unemployed.

1 in 7 out of work

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What we do

We support unemployed 16-24 year olds to move into sustained employment using the power of sport.

Our award-winning programmes operate in 14 cities and 36 local communities in England and Scotland.

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Three Golden Rules

We believe in complete transparency and a robust approach to impact measurement. We have created the three golden rules:

1. We will never over-claim what we do.

2. All percentages include sample sizes to avoid being misleading.

3. All of our outcomes are backed by auditable evidence.

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Like all charities, we rely on our generous partners to support our mission. Without your support we would not be able to continue changing young lives through sport.


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Our impact

  • 1281
    participants who moved into jobs, training and education last year.
  • 55%
    sustained their employment for at least 6 months (387/710).
  • 81%
    of participants from the Top 40% most deprived areas (1760/2177).

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Success stories

  • Darren's now teaching the next generation! - Glasgow

    Darren, 19, from Glasgow, joined Street League's Football Academy wanting some direction and advice regarding his job prospects after finding it hard to get into work. A keen football fan, Darren wanted to work within the game. Read more

  • Chelsea, 24, feels positive about her future in new job - Manchester

    Chelsea, 24, from Manchester, joined Street League keen to find employment and improve her social skills. After completing the football programme, Chelsea gained an eight week work placement where she impressed enough to be offered the job on a full-time basis. Read more

  • Leo lands dream job with National Football Museum - Manchester

    Leonardo, 19, from Manchester, arrived in the UK in 2013 from Iran. Struggling with the language, Leonardo couldn't get a job and was in need of some support. After hearing about Street League, it appealed to him immensely as he could play football, meet people and hopefully move into work at the end of the Academy programme. Read more

News and Views

  • How football can be used to change lives around the world

    How is football used to change lives around the world? Twenty-two men kicking a ball around on a large patch of grass for an hour and a half. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, there’s a lot more to it than that. Read more

  • Young people thriving thanks to Street League’s help

    Boredom, frustration, anger and despair. Those are just some of the emotions commonly felt by unemployed young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with little education. Here are just six examples of young people helped recently by Street League who now look to the future with optimism and confidence. Read more

  • Street League shortlisted for two Social Enterprise awards

    Street League has been shortlisted for two honours at the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2016. The national charity combines sport and education to help unemployed 16-25 year-olds find work and sustain it. With 1281 positive outcomes recorded in the last financial year, the awards nomination is recognition of Street League’s effectiveness in tackling youth unemployment – an endemic throughout the UK. Read more

  • People's Postcode Lottery's support making a real difference

    Street League finished the financial year having achieved a record 1281 positive outcomes, the highest ever, which is a huge 42% increase on last year’s 903. With the help of grant partners, such as the People’s Postcode Lottery, a vast amount of young people’s lives have changed for the better. Read more