|Street League – changing lives through football (clubwebsite.co.uk)|
Street League is a charity using football to help some of the UK’s most disadvantaged young people. Club Website editor Dan Pope paid them a visit this month.
Football is a powerful thing. It can alter a person’s mood in the blink of an eye but, when harnessed correctly, it can even change people’s lives.
Street League is an organisation that does exactly that. They use the positive power of football to help some of the UK’s most disadvantaged young people to make a positive change in their lives.
There are currently more than one million 16-25 year-olds out of work in the UK. That’s one in five.
The brainchild of Damian Hatton – a doctor who wanted to provide a positive focus for the homeless people he saw regularly in A&E – Street League was setup in London in 2001 and hasn’t looked back, now operating in five centres across the UK.
They are focused on helping the most disadvantaged 16-25 year old NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training), who are often ex-offenders, have been excluded from school or who have a history of substance abuse.
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