Street League’s annual football fundraising tournament in partnership with CVC Capital Partners was marked by a special guest appearance from ex-Arsenal and England defender Lee Dixon recently.

For the fifth year running, 24 blue chip companies took part in the 5-a-side tournament where they were ‘twinned’ with a graduate from Street League’s London Academy. The graduates, aged 16 to 24, had all completed the charity’s unique 10-week football and education programme.

On the Street League Academy, young people develop employability skills such as teamwork, communication and self-awareness, and get to play football every day. They undergo CV-writing and mock interview sessions with real employers, and acquire nationally-recognised qualifications in numeracy, literacy and employability.

Street League then provide work placement opportunities with employers for Academy graduates, and aftercare staff support them through the early stages of employment.

The tournament raised £140,000 which will be split evenly between funding the London Academies and Street League's Employer Engagement function. The Employer Engagement team provide aftercare support, work placements and traineeships for young people on the Academy programme.

Teams from organisations such as; Nomura, Goldman Sachs, Clifford Chance, PwC and White & Case all entered the ever-growing tournament and played their part in an enjoyable, and worthwhile, evening. Champions, Freshfields, ran out comprehensive winners for the second year running after defeating Latham & Watkins LLP in the final. 

Following the trophy presentation, former Arsenal and England right-back Lee Dixon said: “It’s a privilege to be down here again this year supporting the work Street League does in tackling youth unemployment. The young people taking part in the football tournament this evening have faced barriers in their lives but it’s fantastic to see that so many of them are coming out the other end with the help of Street League and their dedicated team. The atmosphere is brilliant and the way that everyone has come together to help raise money has been remarkable. It’s been an excellent event hosted by CVC and I’m proud to be supporting Street League.” 

If you’d like to find out more about Street League’s London Academy contact Ben Harding on [email protected] or 07702 687024.