Young unemployed people in Birmingham are being urged to sign up for a new charity programme Street League which uses football to help them get into work.
Street League is a national charity mixing football and employability skills, and the first Academy in Birmingham is kicking off today at The Doug Ellis Sports Centre in Perry Barr.
The Academy programme runs for 10 weeks with participants involved in two hours of football sessions followed by two hours of classroom-based activities every day from Monday to Thursday. They also receive advice and support on how to get a job and will earn nationally recognised qualifications including skills in Maths and English.
One confirmed participant for the forthcoming Academy is 17-year-old Daniel, who only recently moved to Birmingham and has been struggling to find work.
Living in supported housing and without any close family or friends nearby, Daniel has attended every Street Football session in the build-up to the Academy, and was rewarded for his efforts by receiving tickets to see Aston Villa play Manchester City. The tickets were donated by Barclays, who are funding the new Academy.
Speaking about why he got involved in Street League, Daniel added: “I wasn’t doing much and I wanted to play football and make new friends. The qualifications are also a big part of why I joined the programme and I’d encourage anyone whose in a similar situation as me to get involved.”
Anyone who is 16 to 25 years old and currently out of work should contact Oneil Lewis on 07813 369124 or email email@example.com to find out more about the programme.
The Doug Ellis Sports Centre is at the Birmingham City University, City North Campus, 150 Wellhead Lane, Perry Barr B42 2SY.
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