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Barclays is supporting the growth of Street League, a UK football charity, into three new cities across England.

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Street League uses the power of football to help unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds get into work and training across the UK. It provides an eight-week football and education programme which develops key employability skills such as communication and teamwork, and offers several nationally-recognised qualifications.

At the end of Street League ‘Academy’ programmes across the UK, 81% of graduates move into work, training or education.

In addition to the financial support Barclays provides to Street League, our colleagues help deliver the programme by running mock interview, CV-writing, and financial literacy sessions for participants.

Barclays is funding Street League’s roll out across three new sites in Birmingham, Leeds and Middlesbrough.

Paulette Cohen, Head of Global Programmes, , said: “For 10 years Barclays has been investing in sports facilities and programmes in the UK communities where they are most needed - creating sustainable resources and helping young people achieve their ambitions.

“We’re supporting this expansion because we know that sport can be a powerful tool to engage young people and help them develop the skills to get working or move forward in life. It’s been inspiring to meet the graduates to see what they’re achieving, not only for themselves, but for their wider communities.”
 

For 10 years Barclays has been investing in sports facilities and programmes in the UK communities where they are most needed - creating sustainable resources and helping young people achieve their ambitions. We’re supporting this expansion because we know that sport can be a powerful tool to engage young people and help them develop the skills to get working or move forward in life. It’s been inspiring to meet the graduates to see what they’re achieving, not only for themselves, but for their wider communities.
Paulette Cohen, Head of Global Programmes

Our support for Street League is part of our wider commitment to building 5 Million Young Futures – our goal to improve the enterprise, employability and financial skills of five million young people around the world by 2015. Supporting programmes like Street League, we aim to give the next generation the skills, confidence and experience to access training, gain employment or get back into education.

Since 2004, Spaces for Sport has invested over £40m in sports facilities and community sports programmes, working with partners who are experts in harnessing the positive values of sport to support young people and local communities.

Find out more about our work to support young people at:

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