Founded in 2003 to support homeless people in London move on from the streets and live a healthier, more positive life through playing football in the “Street League”, the organisation has been on a transformational journey ever since.

Since 2010 we have undergone a dramatic transformation, in both scale and impact. We decided to work entirely with young people and to focus on tackling structural youth unemployment. We have rapidly broadened our remit and today operate in 36 local communities in 14 cities across the UK, employing 130 members of staff.

“I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMBASSADOR FOR STREET LEAGUE, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING, DYNAMIC AND FASTEST-GROWING CHARITIES IN THE UK” – ROBIN VAN PERSIE, FORMER MANCHESTER UNITED AND NETHERLANDS PLAYER

Since then, we have grown at 30-40% each year – from delivering in two cities in 2010 to 14 in 2016; from measuring ‘participation’ to measuring ‘outcomes’, and now to an even more robust “sustainable impact”. From generating only a handful of EET outcomes (young people moving into employment, education and training) in 2010, we achieved 1281 outcomes in 2015/16.

In 2015 we also introduced Dance Fitness alongside our hugely successful Football programmes to broaden the appeal of Street League to more young people.

Key Milestones in the Street League Journey:

We aim to become the UK’s leading Sport for Employment charity – offering a range of sports to engage young people in disadvantaged communities and to help them reach their true potential.

Our mission is to deliver a combined sport and employability programme helping disadvantaged young people to achieve sustained outcomes.

We will strive to help more and more young people into sustainable work; by 2019 we aim for:

  • 2,245 young people into Employment, Education or Training each year
  • >70% still in jobs at 3 months
  • >65% still in jobs at 6 months
  • 90% of young people we work with will have at least one socio-economic barrier
  • >60% will live in a top 20% deprived postcode