Chelsea star Oscar paid a visit to Street League to mark the renewal of Hyundai UK’s support for the national football charity.

The Brazil midfielder spent time with participants from Street League’s South-West London Academy, who have recently graduated from the award-winning, 10-week programme which combines football and employability skills. Watch the video below: 

Oscar said: “It was a great privilege to see the work being undertaken by Street League and to talk to the young people there about the positive effects that the charity is having on their lives.

“With support from Hyundai, Street League is making a real difference to thousands of underprivileged youths, helping them to develop crucial skills that will help them find and prosper in employment.”

Street League works with unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds, and Oscar, who is 23, spoke passionately to the participants about how football had changed his life and how the sport has given him a sense of discipline, purpose and drive which can be applied to all walks of life. 

SUPPORT 

Hyundai has supported Street League since 2012 with vital donations of over £150,000 to fund the development of the charity’s Academies in the North-West of England and London. The car company is an Official Supporter of the charity and has announced the continuation of its backing into 2015, which will include a further £50,000 financial donation, benefit-in-kind activities and vehicle support as well as internships at Hyundai HQ and through the Dealer Network.

Nigel Mansfield, Commercial Director for Street League, said: “Hyundai has been supporting Street League financially by funding Academies in Liverpool, London and Manchester and by introducing some of our young people to inspirational people, like Oscar, Daniel Sturridge and Nicola Adams.

“The company has also facilitated work placement opportunities within its Dealer Network but also at its headquarters - these are invaluable to the development of the young people we are working with.”

Hyundai UK President and CEO, Tony Whitehorn, said: “Hyundai has supported the work of Street League for several years as we are committed to inspiring the next generation to fulfil their potential.

“It is vital that we continue to empower young people, giving them a greater understanding and awareness of the skills required to succeed in today’s highly competitive job market. Therefore I’m proud to announce the extension of our support for the charity into 2015.”

One Street League graduate who completed a Hyundai internship last year has been offered a full-time job at the company’s High Wycombe head office. Anthony Ball had been unemployed for several months before joining the Academy.

The 24-year-old from South Ruislip said: “Getting the placement was a turning point in my life. It’s something I’d never even dream of happening, or a place I’d be working. I’m ready for everything and anything and I’m excited about the future."