Leah has faced several difficult barriers in her life thus far. She left school aged 13 without sitting any of her exams and in the 3 years that followed her exit from school, she hadn’t made any meaningful contact with agencies that could have helped her get back on track. Having been unemployed for three years, Leah’s confidence was significantly affected.  

Leah got in contact via Facebook after she had noticed an advert for our new Fitness Programme. At our initial meeting, it was clear that Leah was very keen to get involved in the programme however she was also extremely self-conscious of the fact that she had no qualifications whatsoever. It was clear that her confidence and self-esteem had been negatively affected and that we would need to be mindful of this when the provision started.  

Leah’s attendance and timekeeping were excellent throughout the course of the academy and she interacted very well with other participants and seemed to grow in confidence with each day. She commented that she felt physically and emotionally fitter and that Street League had been the type of programme she needed to get her out of the negative routine she was in. We helped produce Leah’s first ever CV and we gradually started to identify potential job opportunities that she was interested in.  

We spent time together to come up with a career plan and the steps that Leah would have to take to help her remove her barriers and progress into employment. 

The Street League staff facilitated a trial shift for Leah with a well-known hairdresser/barber in Glasgow and following great feedback from the employer we’re delighted that Leah has now been offered her first ever full-time job. 

Leah's transformation was only possible thanks to funding from the players of the People's Postcode Lottery, who funded the launch of this fitness programme in Glasgow. Thanks to player-support, Leah is now on the right path and in a much happier place.

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Street League is the UK's leading sport for employment charity with a vision to see an end to youth unemployment in the UK. The charity offers 8-12 week-long sport and work skills programmes to an unemployed 16-24 year old's who face significant barriers or obstacles to moving into work. On the programme the young people take part in daily health and fitness activities including football, dance, and fitness, and then spend time developing personalised action plans with one-to-one mentoring support, employability qualifications, CV skills, and interview training. They have the opportunity to take part in work placement opportunities before moving into jobs, college courses, apprenticeships or other further training. Street League enjoys a healthy relationship with Premier Inn, Jewson and numerous other companies who have employed many of their graduates. In 2016-17, Street League supported 1553 young people into employment, education or training with 59% of them sustaining their job for at least 6 months. 

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