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

  • Player funding from the People's Postcode Lottery makes a real impact

    Last year alone, players of People's Postcode Lottery generously supported Street League with an incredible £600,000, enabling the charity to support 2,147 young people on their programmes, with 1,553 (so far) successfully moving into a positive destination. Thanks to their continued funding support, Street League has been able to support an additional 272 young people (21% increase vs. 2015-16). Read more

  • Youth Unemployment documentary featuring Street League Sheffield

    Youth Unemployment is one of the biggest issues in today's society, with many young people struggling to find work after leaving education. Although the rate is dropping across the UK, some areas are still struggling and Sheffield, in particular, has a youth unemployment rate of 18% with almost one in five young people needing support to find work. Ben Housam, a final year journalism student at the University of Sheffield choose to shine a light on youth unemployment Read more

  • FIFA day at Glasgow Street League

    Street League gained some amazing coverage a couple weeks ago with a visit to our Glasgow Academy from FIFA! FIFA launched the Football for Hope initiative in 2005 to help improve the lives and prospects of young people around the world. As a responsible global organisation, FIFA ensures that it only supports and works with social projects that are sustainable, accountable and truly of benefit to the respective communities they serve, which is why they partner with Street League. Read more

  • 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