As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, MUFG has announced a £100,000 donation to Laureus Sport for Good that will directly benefit two of their London-based charity partners: Street League and Fight for Peace.  Having been supported by Laureus Sport for Good for over ten years, Street League is delighted to see this relationship go from strength to strength, and to start an exciting partnership with MUFG.

MUFG’s support for Street League and Fight for Peace comes at a time when 43% of young people in London are living in poverty and suffer from a lack of suitable housing, support and educational opportunities.  Street League’s work to raise the aspirations of 16-24-year-olds and help them develop key life and work skills using the power of sport aligns with MUFG’s CSR objectives in EMEA and supports Laureus’s ethos of using the inspirational power of sport as a force for good.

The partnership announcement was made at a launch event held on January 15th, attended by MUFG Regional Executive for EMEA Takanori Sazaki, CEO of MUFG Securities John Winter, members of MUFG’s senior management team, Laureus Sport for Good senior management, representatives from Street League and Fight for Peace, and special guest Paralympian, Laureus Academy Member and trustee of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Tanni Grey-Thompson.  The Street League team met lots of enthusiastic MUFG staff who were keen to learn more about our work and how they can get involved.  We are looking forward to giving MUFG employees the opportunity to share their time, skills and knowledge, helping young people engaged in Street League programmes in North and East London to create a brighter future for themselves.

Zinab Aldaraji, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility EMEA, said:

“Laureus, Street League and Fight for Peace all use sport to make a real impact on the lives of young people, and we couldn’t be happier to play a part in supporting their activities.  As a global company, MUFG’s CSR efforts and local community involvement is driven by the on the ground needs, and supporting these two programmes is where we have identified we can make the biggest difference here in London.”

Tanni Grey-Thompson, Laureus Academy Member and Laureus Sport for Good Trustee, said:

“At Laureus, we are hugely grateful to MUFG for their continued support.  This generous donation will allow us to offer more support to two of our London-based charity partners and ultimately have a deeper impact on the lives of young people.  Both Street League and Fight for Peace are incredible organisations who are changing young lives and delivering important work through the power of sport, and it gives us great pleasure to work with a corporate partner who values close relationships with the local community.”