Street League supports unemployed 16-24 year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds to fulfil their potential through employment and training. In the areas where the charity operates, an average of 1 in 6 young people are out of work and their vision is to see an end to youth unemployment.

With the support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, Street League has been able to support unemployed 2,834 young people find work or training (1553 FY1617, 1281 FY1516). 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. Young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the working population, and unfortunately are likely to suffer from the significant physical and mental health consequences of unemployment.

As the UK’s leading sport for employment charity, they support young people who need their help the most. Working in 36 of the most deprived areas of the UK, the charity supports young people who face many personal challenges including lack of qualifications, long-term unemployment, mental health or learning difficulties, criminal records, alcohol and substance abuse and caring dependencies, to name a few. The charity uses sport as a hook to engage with young people who did not flourish in traditional education. The 8-week sport for employment programmes are fun, engaging, and teach valuable life and work skills such as communication, teamwork and managing emotions. The staff also provide vital one-to-one support with goals, career planning, C.V. workshops, mock interviews and job searching. 

Last year alone, players of People's Postcode Lottery generously supported Street League with an incredible £600,000, enabling the charity to support 2,147 young people on their programmes, with 1,553 (so far) successfully moving into a positive destination. Thanks to their continued funding support, Street League has been able to support an additional 272 young people (21% increase vs. 2015-16). The funding from the players has also helped specifically to pilot a new fitness sport programme which has achieved its goal of engaging with more young unemployed women (31% female participation vs. 17% national average). The funding has also supported new outreach workers who have successfully increased the number of young people on our programmes by +34% (Birmingham 98/73).

Postcode Lottery funding Infographic Street League

Brandon, from Birmingham, is one example of a young person helped by Street League and player funding. During his teenage years living in an inner city area of Birmingham, he struggled growing up in an unstable home moving in and out of care. He then found himself living on the streets and getting caught up in criminal activity. He faced a very uncertain future with the very real possibility of imprisonment. Brandon was referred to Street League in Dec 2016 by his support worker. Initially, Brandon struggled with social interaction and was uncomfortable around unfamiliar people. However, the opportunity to play sport, especially football, made all the difference. Soon his communication skills and confidence grew and following a mock interview session with Barclays staff, Street League identified an opportunity at a local hotel. They were extremely impressed with Brandon’s attitude and enthusiasm throughout the interview and offered him a full-time position as a Kitchen Assistant. Since then Brandon hasn’t looked back and has gone from strength to strength. “I am now in a positive, happy place because I am employed full-time. Without the support and guidance from Street League, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this goal. I cannot thank them enough for turning my life around”. 

Since 2016, players of People's Postcode Lottery have provided over £1.2 Million to support the work of Street League, helping a combined 2,834 young people fulfil their potential through sustained employment. Thank you from everyone at Street League.

Watch a short thank you video from young people and staff at Street League.