Barclays has announced that it is supporting the growth of Street League, the football charity, into three new cities across England.

Street League is the national charity which uses the power of football to help unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds get into work and training across the UK.

It provides an eight-week football and education programme which develops key employability skills such as communication and teamwork, and offers several nationally-recognised qualifications. Last year an amazing 81% of graduates moved into work, training or education from Street League Academies across the UK.

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The announcement was made at Street League’s Academy graduation event in Middlesbrough, which along with new Street League programmes in Birmingham and Leeds, is being funded by Barclays. Comic Relief is also funding the Birmingham and Leeds programmes.

Barclays’ support for the charity is part of its wider commitment to building '5 Million Young Futures' around the world. By supporting programmes such as Street League, Barclays aims to give young people the skills, confidence and experience to access training, gain employment or get back into education. Since 2004, Barclays has invested over £40million in sports facilities and sports programmes.

Paulette Cohen, Head of Global Programmes, Global Community Investment at Barclays, said: "For 10 years Barclays has been investing in sports facilities and programmes in the UK communities where they are most needed - creating sustainable resources and helping young people achieve their ambitions. We’re supporting this expansion because we know that sport can be a powerful tool to engage young people and help them develop the skills to get working or move forward in life. It’s been inspiring to meet the graduates today to see what they’re achieving, not only for themselves, but for their wider communities."

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Matt Stevenson-Dodd, Chief Executive of Street League, said: "We are delighted that, thanks to the support of Barclays and Comic Relief, Street League will now be able to deliver our award-winning Academy programme to unemployed young people from Middlesbrough, Birmingham and Leeds, changing the lives of many more young people in the UK."

In addition to the funding Barclays provides to Street League across the UK, Barclays’ employees help deliver the programmes by running mock interview, CV-writing, and financial literacy workshops for participants.

Since 2004 Barclays has invested £40million in sports facilities and programmes in the UK and internationally, working with partners who are experts in harnessing the positive values of sport to help young people fulfil their potential. Barclays is committed to building the next generation of achievers through 5 Million Young Futures. Through training focused on enterprise, employability and financial skills, they are giving millions a platform to achieve their goals, build their own businesses and become financially independent. Click here to find out more.