Street League has been named ‘Best Youth Employment Initiative’ at the first ‘Football for Good’ Awards ceremony in London.

The awards were created in conjunction with Skillshare International and The Professional Footballers’ Association to mark the 10th anniversary of Coaching for Hope, a UK charity which uses football to educate young people in underprivileged communities around the world.

Street League had been shortlisted for the employability award along with the Chelsea FC Foundation, Hull City’s Tigers Trust and the West Ham United Foundation. The charity was commended for its growth across the UK over the last five years, which will enable it to help more than 1500 unemployed young people move into work and training this year.

Matt Stevenson-Dodd, Chief Executive of Street League, said: “We are delighted to receive this award at the inaugural Football for Good Awards. I’d like to thank the PFA and our friends at Coaching for Hope for recognising the value of football in engaging with, and then upskilling, a young person who, often through no fault of their own, is no longer in education, employment or training.”

John Hudson, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at The PFA, said: “The judging panel were really impressed by Street League’s singular focus and commitment to using football to support as many young people as possible across the UK. Congratulations to Matt and the team.”

The ceremony was hosted by Sky Sports presenter Ed Chamberlain in central London.