Bob Doris, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow, has urged companies and schools to get involved with Street League after visiting the charity's North Glasgow Academy.

Street League provide an award-winning sport and employability programme, and Bob visited the Academy venue at Petershill Park in Springburn. Ultimately the Academy programme identifies work placements for participants, with the aim of helping young people into sustained employment.

The MSP said: "It was good to see first hand how Street League has benefited local youngsters. I chatted with both Cameron and Lindsey, who are both on the course. It was clear just how enjoyable and beneficial they found it to be. Both Cameron and Lindsey are currently out on work placements and I very much hope this leads to permanent jobs for them and the other participants.

"I am keen for more local youngsters to benefit from the initiative and for local companies to also back our youth and offer work opportunities. I also know Street League would like to work with secondary schools in the north of the city and I am keen to support them in that.”

Brian Lennox, Glasgow Operations Manager for Street League, said: "We are really grateful to Bob, and others MSPs, who give up their valuable time to support Street League in our mission to tackle youth unemployment in Glasgow and across Scotland.

"This year Street League in Scotland will have helped more than 1000 young people move into employment and training. Now we need more employers to step forward and provide the work placements which will give those young people the vital experience they need to become valued employees, and Scotland’s workforce of the future.”

Anyone interested in either signing up for the Street League programme, or who has a company offering a work experience placement, should contact Street League on 07584 504968 or [email protected]