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




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.




Our Three Golden Rules

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

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

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

3. We have evidence to prove all of our outcomes.

Read about transparency



Get involved

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

  • Street League CEO elected to Guardian Public Leaders Advisory Board 2017

    We are delighted to announce that Matt Stevenson-Dodd, CEO of Street League, has been elected to the Editorial Advisory Board for the Guardian Public Leaders Network. Read more

  • The art of getting over failure

    So, you failed. Now what? Depending on the person, the definition of failure is different. For most it can be the hardest time you go through. Mourning the loss of time, effort and a hit to your confidence. However, failure is an important step to success. Failure should be seen in the same way as a mistake. We all make them and there’s always something to learn from them. The art of getting over failure. Read more

  • Kick start 2017 by recording your successes

    It’s a New Year. It’s the time of year to think of new way to improve our lives. If 2017 is the year of growth for you, then recording your successes from 2016 is a must. Recording your successes will allow you to psychically see the life-changing successes (big or small) that you have made throughout the year. Whether it be a new job, losing some weight or buying that new car. Write them down. This is not a plan of goals but documenting the successes after they’ve happened. Read more

  • Street League launches New Year campaign to tackle youth unemployment in 2017

    To tie in with the start of the New Year and to promote the launch of their 2017 sport for employment academies, Street League has updated its Made Outside the Classroom campaign with a new video featuring real young people who have “graduated” from their programmes into work or training. The goal of the campaign is to give thousands of young people the confidence to sign-up to an academy and get #movingintowork. Read more