Street League was shortlisted for the Asda Social Enterprise of the Year award at the Scottish Business Awards 2016.

The national charity, which uses sport to tackle youth unemployment across England and Scotland, was one of eight organisations nominated for the award.

Street League provide a unique sport and education programme for young people aged 16 to 24 who are facing socio-economic barriers to sustained employment and training. On the programme, participants develop key employability skills such as teamwork, communication and self-awareness, and can acquire nationally-recognised qualifications in literacy and numeracy. They also undergo CV workshops and mock interviews with employers, and at the end of the programme move into work placements with companies who are supporting Street League.

Last year, 1281 young people moved into work, education or training thanks to Street League’s Academy programme, making it their best ever year.

Founded by Josh Littlejohn and chaired by Scottish businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Tom Hunter, the Scottish Business Awards is the UK’s largest business awards dinner.

The awards have featured keynote speeches from Sir Bob Geldof, former US President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, and George Clooney in recent years, raising over £4m for good causes since its inception. This year, Hollywood megastar Leonardo Di Caprio, who is known for his dedication to the environment on a global scale, was in attendance.

On being nominated for the prestigious award, Street League’s Managing Director in Scotland, Dougie Stevenson, was thrilled. He said: “It was fantastic to be nominated for Social Enterprise of the Year at the Scottish Business Awards.  It was a fitting acknowledgement for our frontline staff who carry out tremendously difficult work with our participants and a great accolade for our innovative business model, which has underpinned our rapid scale up in Scotland during a difficult period for our sector.”