On Wednesday, 27th November 2018, The London Marathon Charitable Trust announced its first Strategic Partnerships Grants totalling £2.6million to six large-scale projects across the UK to get more people active. Street League was one amongst the six, receiving £500,000 grant funding to support young people in the London and Surrey area.

Sarah Ridley, Chief Grants Officer of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “We’re proud to support Street League with a Strategic Partnership Grant of £500,000, one of the first awards made as part of The Trust’s biggest ever national funding programme that aims to get 50,000 more people active across the country. Ambitious, large-scale programmes like this are essential to provide young people living in areas of high deprivation the inspiration and support to make a permanent shift toward an active and healthy lifestyle.”

Street League delivers a powerful programme of sports combined with employability workshops to young people from the most disadvantaged communities across the UK. Last year alone the charity supported 1656 young people to move into work, education or training and it continues to increase this number every year.  

The London Marathon Charitable Trust’s grant will enable Street League to get 5,000 young people ages 14 – 24 to be more active, targeting those living in areas of high deprivation in London and Surrey. The funding will enable young people to make a permanent shift towards living an active and healthy lifestyle by participating in Street League’s programmes.

Street League Chief Executive, Matt Stevenson-Dodd said “Sport and nutrition are key to helping young people get the best possible start in life for later success. Thanks to The London Marathon Charitable Trust’s funding we now have the opportunity to support 5,000 young people living in the most deprived areas of London and Surrey to lead healthy and active lives and work towards positive futures.” 

  

Sir Rodney Walker, Chair of The Trust, said: "The long-term health and wellbeing of the population is at serious risk due to the prevalence of sedentary lifestyles. Our new strategy enables us to reach all four corners of the country by partnering with organisations that are skilled at inspiring more people to reap the enormous physical and mental health benefits that activity provides." 

Street League has used sport to change young people’s lives since being established in 2003. It has focused on helping young people move into work for the past eight years and this funding supports its future ambitions to prove that sport can help young people overcome barriers to employment, improve their wellbeing and inspire them to achieve their potential.