The national charity Street League has been awarded £25,000 by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity. This grant will fund the delivery of three Academy programmes over the course of one year in Middlesbrough.

Street League’s mission is to 'Change Lives Through Football' with a vision to end structural youth unemployment in the UK. The charity tackles this issue through a 10-week football and employability programme which helps young unemployed people aged 16 to 24 gain skills, confidence, qualifications and work experience which will enable them to progress into sustained employment, education or training.

Street Football sessions act as a hook to engage unemployed young people, allowing them to find out more about the programme. Those who show commitment and desire to progress are invited to attend the Academy Programme which will help improve their English, Maths and employability skills. More than 70% of Academy graduates secure a positive outcome, with more than 1000 set to move into work and training during 2015.

Speaking about the donation, Paul Evans, Managing Director of Street League (England) said “At Street League, we are extremely proud of our track record in supporting young unemployed people into work and training. This grant will enable us to provide that support to young people in Middlesbrough who need our help the most. We are very grateful to The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and look forward to working closely with them.”

Young people who took part in the most recent Street League project attended the presentation ceremony, including Connor Holmes from Redcar who received an award for best attendance.

In 2014 the North East was recorded as having the highest unemployment rate in the UK and Middlesbrough as having one of the lowest rates of educational attainment. Street League’s work in this area will help young people tackle these trends and break the cycle of poverty and unemployment.

Speaking about the donation. Malcolm J Dabbs. Assistant Provincial Grand Master. Province of Yorkshire North and East Ridings said: “We are delighted to be supporting Street League once again. Helping our community is central to Freemasonry and this grant will really help young people in Middlesbrough embrace their futures and get the most out of life”

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity previously supported Street league in 2012 with £20,000 to fund an Academy programme in Croydon.

The Major Grants Scheme is just one of the initiatives driven by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity which donates over £2 million to national charities every year.

 

Zetland FM's Les Gunn spoke to Malcolm Dabbs, Assistant Provincial Grand Master. Province of Yorkshire North and East Ridings and Dean Cartwright, Operations Manager for Street League in Teesside, to find out more:

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Les spoke to Street League participants Jack Carmen, Connor Holmes and Darian Romani to find out their thoughts on the project:

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