Street League has been shortlisted for two honours at the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2016.

The national charity combines sport and education to help unemployed 16-25 year-olds find work and sustain it.

With 1281 positive outcomes recorded in the last financial year, the awards nomination is recognition of Street League’s effectiveness in tackling youth unemployment – an endemic throughout the UK.

Street League has been shortlisted for the ‘Social Impact Award’, designed for any social enterprise that can truly demonstrate and communicate their impact with their stakeholders, and the ‘Education, Training & Jobs Social Enterprise Award’, an award open to social enterprises that have been operating for more than 2 years in the education, training or employment sectors and can demonstrate excellence in the following criteria: excellent vision and strategic direction, clear leadership and management of the organisation, a high degree of customer satisfaction, a clear evidenced social, environmental and community impact, and good brand awareness and communication outputs.

On hearing of the nominations, Street League CEO, Matt Stevenson-Dodd, said: "There are so many amazing social enterprises in the UK, so we are delighted to have been shortlisted for not one, but two Social Enterprise awards. This means a great deal to Street League and our team who work tirelessly every day to help young people all over the UK get jobs through the power of sport. We are particularly pleased to have been shortlisted in the Social Impact Award category as we have worked very hard over the past four years to accurately measure and transparently report our impact."

Street League is a strong, well-run organisation with auditable outcomes, strict rigour around monitoring and evaluation, and sound financial management. We are delighted that these two awards provide external validation to our transparency and social impact. 

We live by three principles (golden rules) of reporting:

  1. We will never over-claim what we do
  2. All percentages we present will include actual numbers to avoid being misleading
  3. All of our outcomes are backed by auditable evidence

Speaking ahead of the awards ceremony, Peter Holbrook, Social Enterprise UK’s Chief Executive, said: "Congratulations to Street League. This year, the quality of the applications was outstanding. Social enterprises are continuing to grow, change lives and are proof that another way, a better way, of doing business is possible.”