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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 specialises in changing the lives of young people living in disadvantaged communities through the power of football.

Originally founded as an organisation working with homeless people in 2001, Street League now works with 16 to 25-year-olds who are not in employment, education and training (NEET). Its vision is to help bring an end to structural youth unemployment in the UK. With almost one million young people out of work, youth unemployment is the single biggest threat to the future prosperity of the UK.

Street League engages with young people living in the most disadvantaged communities in a structured football and education ‘Academy’ programme, with two hours in the classroom and two hours on the pitch each day. This intensive ten-week programme develops vital employability skills such as communication, teamwork and goal-setting. It also offers nationally-recognised qualifications.

Street League holds CV-writing sessions and work with corporate partners to deliver mock interviews, in order to prepare participants for the real world.

Street League has an excellent track record. Currently 81% of its Academy graduates achieve a positive outcome. That means from every five young people who graduate from the Street League Academy, two move into employment and two move into training or education.

All thanks to the power of football!

E3M Member

Street League

Name:Matt Stevenson-Dodd

Title :CEO

Matt is a respected social entrepreneur with a background in youth work and social enterprise. Matt joined Street League as CEO in June 2010 and has led the organisation's development into a dynamic and innovative social enterprise that tackles disadvantage amongst young people. Prior to Street League, Matt was Chief Executive of Young Enterprise North West and Founder CEO of the multi-award winning ‘Unique Social Enterprise’ in Newark.

Matt was selected to become a national ‘Social Enterprise Ambassador’ for the Government in 2007, and in 2012 won the HBS Alumni Club of London scholarship to Harvard Business School to undertake the Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management course. Matt is a qualified youth worker, a Fellow of the RSA and has an MBA with Distinction from Nottingham University.