The vision of Street League is to transform the lives of disadvantaged men and women in the United Kingdom by using the power of sport. The Street League mission is to engage individuals, who are at risk of social exclusion, in a structured sports-based programme that builds on opportunities for participants to improve physical fitness, develop a better quality of life, acquire life skills and vocational qualifications.
The project addresses the same key need as its London counterpart in helping women who have left education, who are not involved in vocational training or who are out of work. Targeting the most disadvantaged, the project is able to work with 360 young women aged 16 or over each year. It focuses particularly on offering key qualifications and building skills to create better employment opportunities. Participants come from a range of backgrounds including homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, displacement, unemployment, crime, learning difficulties and mental health. Most are put in contact with Street League through referral agents such as homeless hostels, job centres, drug rehabilitation projects and refugee teams.
The project provides street sports in the form of structured football and aerobic fitness programmes which are used to engage participants, including weekly training sessions and a year-round competitive football league. It also offers an educational programme called ‘Directions 2 Work' that uses the theme of sport to help individuals progress towards employment, education, training and independence through personal development courses such as CV writing and interview skills.
Street League operates in London, Glasgow and Newcastle and works with 2,300 people annually in partnership with around 70 organisations.
Up to 60% of the people who take part in Street League activities find jobs or start training courses.