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

  • A tale of fifteen cities – how the national data on youth unemployment is masking huge regional disparities.

    Since 2009, the media and government have hailed great successes in the reduction in the rate of young people NOT in employment, education or training (NEET) from the peak of 17.9% post-recession, now down to 12% (or 1 in 8). However, when you dig a bit deeper into the numbers it is clear that there is a huge regional disparity and that opportunity depends on where you live. Read more

  • Why build a career in construction?

    Construction is one of the Top 5 industries that Street League has supported young people into over the past year. Partnerships with companies, such as Jewson, has allowed us to not only offer young people work experience and on the job training, but also the possibility of a long-term successful career. Here are our five reasons why building a career in construction is a smart move to make. Read more

  • Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny signs as an Epic Ambassador for Street League

    Street League is excited to announce a new partnership with Laurent Koscielny, the Arsenal Captain and Premier League defender. In February 2017, Koscielny signed up to become an Epic Ambassador for Street League, the UK charity which uses the power of sports to tackle youth unemployment. Read more

  • 5 reasons you should focus on transparency and building trust

    Transparency and trust has become a hot topic for the charity sector since the collapse of the Kids Company, bad press about CEO pay and the suicide of Olive Cook, who had been receiving thousands of direct mail pleas from charities at the time she took her life. In 2016, a Charity Commission census found that that public trust in charities in England and Wales had dropped to its lowest level since 2005, when monitoring began, falling from 67% to 57%. Read more