Whenever an international sporting event takes place, there are always questions asked about the legacy left behind for local people.

At Street League, the charity which uses football to tackle youth unemployment across the UK, we are proud to say the 2014 Commonwealth Games has been directly responsible for a host of opportunities for young people who have graduated from our award-winning employability programme.

Since 2012 Street League Glasgow has been working in partnership with Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company and Glasgow Life, the leisure trust for all local authority sports facilities within the city, in the recruitment and training of young people in the East End of Glasgow.

No fewer than 25 Street League graduates are in long-term employment throughout leisure centres in Glasgow, including at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Emirates Arena and Tollcross International Swimming Centre, while a further 27 obtained employment elsewhere.

The project led to Street League winning the ‘Success in Partnership’ category at the Scottish Training Federation Awards in 2013.

Dougie Stevenson, Managing Director for Street League Scotland, explained: “Clyde Gateway funded the programmes and the additional qualifications, Street League delivered them and the participants progressed into jobs with Glasgow Life.”

He added: “The partnership was about pulling together resources to meet shared aims in terms of the recruitment for these positions, so that young people from the local area were supported into local opportunities.”

Last year Scottish Local Government Minister, Derek Mackay, met some of the young people who had progressed into work thanks to the project. He said: “It boosts youngsters’ confidence, their inspiration, their skillset, so they can go and get jobs and get real chances in their life."