Street League's Head Body Future programme won in the Supporting Youth Employability Category at the SURF Awards on the 18th February.
This year, due to Covid-19, the ceremony was held online for the first time. 150 attendees joined the live stream to hear about the nominees and watch MSP Aileen Campbell announce the winners.
Nominated alongside charities Move On and Community Renewal Trust, Street League was recognised for its ability to adapt and take all 17 Scottish academies online through the newly developed Head Body Future programme .
The category, sponsored by Skills Development Scotland, was judged by Elaine Walls (Skills Development Scotland), Arthur McNeaney (DRC Youth Project), Fiona Doring (Impact Arts) and Blyth Deans (The Lennox Partnership).
Introducing Street League, Elaine Walls said Street League faced "a specific challenge of taking 17 community programmes online, especially when they're all about sport."
"Their answer was the Head Body Future programme. The 'Head' aspect tackles mental health challenges. 'Body' engages with their large portfolio of fitness classes, not just their original football. The 'Future' looks at how to alleviate poverty and super charge young people to be able to move forward".
Elaine Walls made specific reference to Street League's ability to overcome barriers by providing young people with data bolt ons and sending out devices to enable people to continue to access programmes.
Referring to one young person who had grown in confidence through taking part in the Head Body Future programme, Elaine Walls said: "The effect on the young people was profoundly explained by one young person who had suffered from an enormous lack of self confidence. This lady's online participation had begun with the camera off, but gradually she became able to show her face to the group as she gained confidence.The transformation that we witnessed was enormous".