Ambassadors

Street League has some truly amazing Ambassadors who are all committed to helping us raise awareness of the work we do with young people, helping change young lives.

Examples of ambassadors and supporters past and present include Laurent Koscielny, Jose Mourinho, Prince Harry, Robin Van Persie, Nicola Adams, Kelly Sotherton, Daniel Sturridge, Terroll Lewis and Pele.

Our Ambassadors get involved in a variety of ways, visiting young people on our programmes, taking part in fundraising events, supporting our campaigns or something simple like tweeting for us, or providing a quote of support and a photo for us to use.

Watch this video for a quick summary of some of the supporters we've had over the years, and scroll down to see the full list in detail.

Laurent Koscielny

I’m proud to be an Epic ambassador for Street League and playing my part using the power of sport to support the most disadvantaged young people in the UK. I think it’s amazing how Street League are using football to help young people overcome their obstacles to getting into work.

Koscielny ambassador Street League

Street League is excited to announce a new partnership with Laurent Koscielny, the Arsenal Captain and Premier League defender. In February 2017, Koscielny signed up to become an Epic Ambassador for Street League. Koscielny has been described as one of Europe's most consistent and reliable defenders and beyond his successful football career, he has a stellar reputation of wanting to give back to social causes. Koscielny is a supporter of the Epic Foundation, which connects the world's leading philanthropists and corporations with outstanding organizations focused on youth well-being. Epic chose Street League in 2016 to join their esteemed portfolio. He also takes part in the yearly Arsenal Foundation Charity Match day where the players each donate a day’s wages to charity.

Terroll Lewis

Terroll Lewis charity ambassador

Terroll Lewis has been collaborating with Street League on a new youth charity campaign to inspire unemployed youngsters to achieve success.

Matt Stevenson-Dodd, CEO of Street League says, “We knew that Terroll would be an incredible ambassador to inspire young people all over the UK. His transformational story shows how you can overcome anything if you are motivated and determined. We believe that there is no time limit to success, and there are many paths outside of traditional education”. Lewis, 26, grew up on Brixton’s renowned Myatt’s Fields Estate and fell in with a gang called OC – Organised Crime. During an unpleasant year-long spell in Belmarsh prison (he was eventually acquitted), he spent most all of his time working out, using bins, toilet seats and his own body weight (a technique known as calisthenics) to keep fit. When he was released he carried on the same fitness regime using the swings and bars in the play park where he grew up, and after posting videos of himself working out on YouTube his supporter base started to grow with hundreds of people coming along to join in his “Block Workout”.

Seven years later, Terroll is now a successful entrepreneur; the founder and boss of Block Workout Gym with supporters all over the world, a TV show in South Africa, an impressive 136,000 followers on social media and more than 1 million YouTube views. Block Workout is more than a gym; it’s a community centre, a philosophy and is also setting up a charitable arm. When asked about his success, Terroll says, “It's not about the followers, it's about inspiring others and growing the community. I’ve always wanted to give back”.



Max Rushden 

Max is a presenter on the popular Sky Sports football show, the Fantasy Football Club. After finishing university he started working at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire reading the football news, before moving to BBC London 94.9 as a reporter. Max also spent time doing shows on BBC Radio Five Live, BBC London News and Inside Out on BBC1. Max has been a presenter on Soccer AM working alongside Helen Chamberlain, as well as having his own Sunday show on TalkSport. Max is a big supporter of Street League and in November 2013 he visited Street League’s Hartlepool Academy, which was being funded by donations from the sale of Soccer AM t-shirts. Read more about Max and his work with Street League here

During his time with Soccer AM, Max paid a visit to Street League Football's Hartlepool Academy where they were also joined by Middlesbrough's Kei Kamara, and Hartlepool United midfielders Matty Dolan and Jonathan Franks. Watch the video below.

Jose Mourinho 

Jose Mourinho came along to our Street League Academy in Corams Fields, London to watch our programme in action, and give the young people some 1-1 advice. The visit was in partnership with Sport Relief and BT Sport.

On Street League, the Portuguese Manager said:

“I am very aware of the issues these young people face. I do not live in a golden cage. I know that in professional football we are very privileged but I know the outside world. I know the problems these people have. It’s great they still dream and have expectations of their future. It’s not just the magic of football but the economic power of football that can support organisations like these.”





Prince Harry 

Prince Harry dropped by to visit Street League Dance-Fit in Islington and saw first-hand how sport, namely dance-fitness in this instance, can help a young person gain the confidence needed to move into employment. 

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Daniel Sturridge



Pele 

Legendary Brazil striker Pele visited our South London Academy in 2011.

Oscar 

Chelsea star Oscar paid a visit to our Academy in London to mark the renewal of Hyundai UK’s support for Street League.

David Sheepshanks

David Sheepshanks CBE DL is former chairman of St George’s Park (previously known as The FA’s National Football Centre) which encompasses FA Learning (the educational arm responsible for coach education).

Today he is best known for his extensive career in football, serving The Football Association, The Football League and Ipswich Town over the last 25 years. He is a previous chairman of the Football League, was a long-serving member of FA Board and FL Board and former chairman of Ipswich Town Football Club. David was elected to the Ipswich Town Board in 1987 and served as chairman from 1995-2009, leading the sale of the club to Marcus Evans in December 2007.

His business background was in the food industry including Starfish Ltd and Suffolk Foods Ltd, both of which he started and later sold, and local radio (he was a director of Radio Orwell/SGR and chairman of Vibe FM). His experience and connections are widespread and his current business interests include being a regional chairman of Coutts Bank and various consultancies include Onside Law (specialists in sports law), 21st Club (specialist providers of digital programmes to the sports business sector) and AGL (specialists in communication effectiveness).

In the charitable world, he is chairman of UK Community Foundations, the national organisation for the 48 Community Foundations, promoting local philanthropy and enabling funding support for community causes throughout the UK. Previously he was a founding trustee and chairman of Suffolk Community Foundation (2005-2013) and the Ipswich Town Charitable Trust (1998-2009).

David was awarded the CBE in January 2013 for services to football and local charity, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of East Anglia in 2004 for services to the community and made a Fellow of Burton and South Derbyshire College in 2012. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk in 2005.