Street League’s North London Academy were treated to a special visit by former Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko recently.

Shevchenko was being unveiled as a new global ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, and visited the Academy venue at Coram’s Fields to find out how Laureus has been supporting Street League.

The 39-year-old, a Ballon d’Or award winner, was given an insight into how Street League help young people into employment by working on interview techniques, CV-writing and numeracy and literacy skills. 

The former Ukraine international took part in the classroom session, answered some questions on his illustrious career from participants and spoke of the personal barriers he faced growing up in a small village in Ukraine.

Then it was on to the pitch with coaches Terry and Pete leading the afternoon football session. Keen to engage with Street League’s young people further, Andriy Shevchenko changed into his football kit and took part in an eight-a-side match. 

He said: “I’m honoured to join sporting legends from around the world as a Laureus Sport for Good Foundation ambassador. “Seeing first hand today the great work Laureus does both here in the UK and around the world is inspirational. Football for me was a dream career and a great opportunity, and it’s the same for these young people today at Street League.

“Through sport you can gain so much and the life-changing opportunities Laureus provide are benefitting young people around the world.”

Street League would like to thank Laureus and Andriy Shevchenko for visiting our North London Academy and playing their part in a memorable day for our participants and staff.