BT Sport backing Street League Former England striker Michael Owen paid a visit to Street League as BT Sport announced its support for the national football charity. Funding from The Supporters Club, BT Sport’s initiative which aims to build a better world through sport, will be used to help Street League open in Sheffield later this year, as part of the charity’s rapid expansion programme across the UK. Street League’s award-winning Academy programme uses the power of football to help unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds get into work and training. The eight-week programme develops key employability skills such as a teamwork and communication, with participants earning several nationally-recognised qualifications. ANNIVERSARY They also undergo CV-writing and mock interview sessions, and a work placement at the end of the programme. Last year an amazing 81% of Street League Academy graduates progressed into work and training. The event coincided with the one-year anniversary of The Supporters Club, which BT Sport is marking with the ‘We Are One’ campaign to thank all those involved in the initiative - from BT Sport customers who make donations, to sports partners and charity projects, plus BT employees - with £2.5million has been raised in its first year. Owen said: “Sport can be a powerful force for good when channelled effectively and I’m pleased The Supporters Club has achieved so much in its first year.” Matt Stevenson-Dodd, Chief Executive of Street League, said: “We are really grateful to BT Sport and to Michael for their support. This funding will enable Street League to launch in Sheffield and help many more young unemployed people progress into work and training.” For more information about The Supporters Club, click here.