About us News New Dundee sport academies to tackle the highest youth unemployment rate in Scotland. Street League has launched its award-winning sport programmes in Dundee, the city with the highest youth unemployment rate in Scotland (19.4%). Street League’s employability programmes have a strong track record of success with over 68% (806/1185) of the unemployed young people from Scotland who graduate from the programmes successfully moving into work or training. The charity works with 16-24 year olds who face significant obstacles to getting into employment, and recently won the 2016 SURF Award for “removing barriers”. 1 in 5 young people in Dundee are currently unemployed With 1 in 5 young people currently unemployed, the city has the highest rate of youth unemployment in Scotland. Youth unemployment is not a new issue; finding a first job and starting a career has always been difficult and charities like Street League are essential to support those who are most in need of support. On the 10-week football and fitness programmes, the young people build their leadership, communication skills, confidence and teamwork which are all essential skills for being successful in the workplace, as well as working on their CVs and interview practice. Dougie Stevenson, Managing Director of Scotland, says “It's a privilege to open our service in the great City of Dundee and serve those young people most in need. By working with at least 128 unemployed young people in 2017, we will make a serious impact on youth unemployment in our first year. We want to fully integrate into the skills pipeline and work with the local authority to add real value.” In a recent video, a young Street League participant shared his story; “the biggest thing holding me back from finding work was my communication skills and my lack of confidence. Street League is different because, unlike school, it is focussed on each one of us and the support that we need. It makes me feel fantastic now I’m working on something I love. I’ve also lost quite a bit of weight which is great.” Watch Full video here NOW Dougie Stevenson added “we are very grateful to our funding partners who have enabled us to launch in Dundee; the People’s Postcode Lottery, Inspiring Scotland, Laureus Sport for Good and Mercedes-Benz.” Street League are launching two new academies, a football academy in East Dundee and a fitness academy in West Dundee. To find out how to get involved, visit www.streetleague.co.uk to sign-up, refer someone you know or become a partner. Street League programmes are entirely free for young people with travel expenses also paid and £50 worth of free Nike sportswear. About Street League 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 sport and work skills programmes to unemployed 16-24 year olds who face significant 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 take part in work placement opportunities before moving into jobs, college courses, apprenticeships or further training. Street League is a large provider of employability services for Skills Development Scotland. In 2015-16, Street League supported 1281 young people into employment, education or training including 1024 young Scots, with 55% (387/710) of them sustaining their jobs for more than six-months which is well above the average for government work programmes. The charity aims to support 1,685 young people into employment, education or training this year, which is 31% more than the previous year. Operating in 16 Local Authorities across Scotland and a further 8 cities in England, Street League currently employs 130 staff. The new Dundee programmes are being funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery, Inspiring Scotland, Laureus Sport for Good and Mercedez-Benz. To find out more about our programmes, Click here. Or to join Street League Click here. To read our Latest article, Click here.