Jose Mourinho says he is “proud” of how football can make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people, and that “it's great to see how Street League are using football to change the lives of young people and help them into jobs."

The multi-millionaire former Chelsea boss, 53, came along to our Street League Academy in Corams Fields, London yesterday to watch our programme in action, and give the young people some 1-1 advice. The visit was in partnership with Sport Relief and BT Sport – in preparation for Sport Relief next week on the 18th March.

Our participants asked some great questions to get under the skin of Mourinho’s successes, and also revealed that the high profile football manager used to be a secondary school PE teacher and taught sports to young children with Downs Syndrome.

After seeing first-hand our combined sport and employability Academy, he explained how seeing how young people were using football to build a better future was “magnificent” and “amazing” and he was keen to give something back to the participants involved in Street League. He said: “It’s a great feeling to give something back, they did it for me too. They put a smile on my face.”

Mourinho added: “I am very aware of the issues these young people face. I do not live in a golden cage. I know that in professional football we are very privileged but I know the outside world. I know the problems these people have. It’s great they still dream and have expectations of their future. It’s not just the magic of football but the economic power of football that can support organisations like these.”

Adam Rachid, one of the Street League participants, said that having the chance to speak to Mourinho gave him “a refreshed sense of hope”. Street League is very grateful to Comic Relief and BT Sport for enabling this incredible visit to take place and give such inspiration our young people. Jose Mourinho is a BT ambassador. BT has supported Comic Relief for over 20 years. For Sport Relief 2016, BT is behind the BT Sport Relief Challenges. Visit