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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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.

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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

  • 3 Golden Rules for transparent impact measurement

    At Street League we’re on an ongoing journey to become even more transparent about our impact, and learn from it and improve our programmes at the same time. Pre-2010, we used to simply measure participation in our programmes. With support from Impetus PEF and Inspiring Scotland, we then progressed our monitoring and evaluation to measure our employment, education and training outcomes, like many other outcomes focussed organisations. Read more

  • “The Ideas Hub” – the new blog from Street League

    Street League’s leadership team are launching a new blog this month, called the Ideas Hub, to share their ideas and perspectives on sector trends and challenges, as well as hot topics such as transparency, diversity, and impact reporting. The goal of this blog launch is to continue to encourage open discussion with other organisations, and share experiences and perspectives from Street League. Read more

  • £1.2million funding granted to help Street League end youth unemployment

    Street League has received £1.2million funding from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery to help the charity to reduce youth unemployment in the UK. With 857,000 16-24 year olds in the UK who are not in work, education or training, this vital funding will be used to expand Street League's award-winning programmes that have a proven track record of getting young people into jobs. Read more

  • 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