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Street League

Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Employability for young people

Business Activities:Sport, health, education, training, personal development

Business Location:UK wide (HQ London)

Chief Executive:Matt Stevenson-Dodd



Legal structure:Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee

Street League

Street League is the UK’s leading sport for employment charity with a vision to see an end to youth unemployment.

The charity offers 8-12 week sport and work skills programmes to support unemployed 16-24 year olds from disadvantaged communities. On the programme the young people take part in daily health and fitness activities including football, dance, and fitness, and spend time developing personalised action plans with one-to-one mentoring support, employability qualifications, CV skills and interview preparation. They have the opportunity to take part in work placements before moving into jobs, college courses, apprenticeships or further training, with ongoing support from the charity through the in-work support team.

In 2017, Street League supported 1731 young people into employment, education or training with 56% (566/1003) of them sustaining their jobs for more than six-months. Operating UK-wide in 14 cities and 38 local communities, Street League currently employs over 140 members of staff.

The charity has gained a strong reputation for impact measurement and transparency, with their Three Golden Rules and #CallforClarity campaign contributing to winning the Third Sector Award 2017. This has further been developed with the launch of their real-time impact dashboard.

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Street League

Name:Matt Stevenson-Dodd

Title :CEO

Matt is a respected CEO with a background in youth work, employability, social enterprise and sport based social impact. He was recently appointed to The Guardian Public Leaders editorial advisory board, is one of the top charity CEOs on social media (#SocialCEOs 2015/2016) and in 2014 was selected as one of the top 5 people to follow on Twitter on Social Isolation and Underemployment.

Matt has led Street League since 2010, changing its direction and driving an average 42% growth in impact every year, as well as 24% annual growth in income. Street League is now based in 16 cities across the UK and serves 40 local communities. The organisation has diversified its income streams to the point that over 50% comes from delivering public sector contracts, with the remainder coming from ever-growing commercial support. In 2016 Street League launched the #CallForClarity campaign to improve transparency in impact reporting, which was well received by the sector. Number 10 Downing Street selected Street League to be its first ever official volunteering partner in 2011.

Prior to Street League, Matt was Chief Executive of Young Enterprise North West and Founder CEO of the multi-award winning ‘Unique Social Enterprise CIC’ in Newark. In 2016 Matt was appointed as a Trustee of St John Ambulance and in 2014 was selected by the RFU to join the 'Try For Change' Legacy Panel of the Rugby World Cup 2015.

All of this is underpinned by a strong academic record which includes an MBA with Distinction from Nottingham University and a scholarship from Harvard Business School, where Matt undertook their world-leading Strategic Perspectives In Non-Profit Management Course in 2012.