Street League has been shortlisted for the Beyond Sport Awards 2015, supported by Comic Relief.

The national charity, which uses football to tackle youth unemployment across the UK, is one of four organisations shortlisted for the inaugural Barclays Sport for Employability Award.

The award recognises best practices of using sport to tackle issues of unemployment in the communities around the world. Read more here.

UNIQUE

Street League provides a unique football and education programme for young people aged 16 to 24 who are facing socio-economic barriers to sustained employment and training. On the programme, participants develop key employability skills such as teamwork, communication and self-awareness, and can acquire nationally-recognised qualifications in literacy and numeracy. They also undergo CV workshops and mock interviews with employers, and at the end of the programme move into work placements with companies who are supporting Street League.

Last year, 847 graduates moved into work and training, and thanks to Street League’s expansion across the UK, plus the launch of a new Social Enterprise called Street Step which uses dance fitness instead of football, that figure will exceed 1500 over the next 12 months.

SOCIAL ISSUES

The Beyond Sport award winners will be announced at the seventh annual Beyond Sport Summit which takes place in London on October 19 to 21. Over 350 entries were received from 60 countries, with award categories addressing social issues such as health, social inclusion, education and conflict resolution.

In 2012, Street League was named winners of the P&G UK Impact Award at the Beyond Sport Awards. Chief Executive Matt Stevenson-Dodd is pictured below receiving the award from Lord Sebastian Coe.