Street League has been awarded £200,000 at the People’s Postcode Lottery’s charity gala dinner in Edinburgh, where First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was guest of honour.

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery also awarded an extra £1.425 million to long-term supported charities, with Street League being one of 57 charities that received an extra £25,000 alongside the £200,000 already awarded.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who presented the cheque to Street League Chief Executive Matt Stevenson-Dodd, was full of praise for the charity’s work. She said: “Street League is making a difference to young people across Scotland and the rest of the UK. Using sport as a route to provide young people with the skills to turn their lives around is a fantastic venture.”

The leader of the Scottish National Party continued: “Everyone at Street League works so hard to give thousands of people a helping hand to improve their life. They deserve enormous praise and I congratulate them on this award.”

 

On receiving the award, Matt Stevenson-Dodd said: “Supporting a young person into sustained employment is essential in changing their lives, enabling them to become happy, contributing, financially-independent members of their community.”

Matt added: “This generous funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will help us to reduce youth unemployment in the UK.”

Almost £40million has been raised by the People’s Postcode Lottery to help charities such as Street League progress further and their generosity will go towards helping 2000 unemployed young people aged 16-24 into work, education or training throughout Scotland.

Using the power of football to engage with those in need, Street League’s Academy programme enables young people to develop employability skills such as teamwork, communication and self-awareness, and they get to play football every day. Participants undergo CV-writing and mock interview sessions with real employers, and acquire nationally-recognised qualifications in numeracy, literacy and employability.