Award-winning Street Elite – training for work through sport

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Award-winning Street Elite – training for work through sport

Our award-winning Street Elite programme is no different from a sports season, full of victories and losses, but ultimately of growth. Through practice and comradery there are more learning opportunities per minute in this sports arena than any other venue. Lessons of communication, cooperation and resilience are apparent throughout the highs and lows of the nine months of youth engagement that Street Elite provides.

In 2016 83% of Street Elite graduates transitioned into employment, the highest success rate since the programme began in 2011.

In 2016 The Change Foundation celebrated five years of the Street Elite programme, which has engaged 305 young people on the edges of gangs and crime across London, helping 244 transitions from NEET (not in education, employment or training) into work, apprenticeships, training or education opportunities.

Street Elite was the winner of two awards in 2016:

Charity Partnership: Property and Construction

Barclays Sport for Employability and Enterprise Award


Street Elite has six cohorts of 15 young people in Ealing, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Hammersmith and Fulham in London.


Young people aged 16-24 on the edges of gangs and crime.


Street Elite is delivered in five phases; ‘On The Street’ recruitment of young people involved in gangs and crime, 15 weeks of training for work through sport, 10 weeks of community engagememnt delivering sports sessions to children on local housing estates, two week work placements and then into employment, training or education.

“I want to let people know about Street Elite and The Change Foundation. I want to let people know about everything you guys have done for me. For the first time in a long time, I am happy. Street Elite has genuinely changed my life.”

Ade, age 23, Street Elite graduate 2016

Follow this link to the Street Elite website.

For more information contact Si Ledwith, Head of Programmes on


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