Street Elite wins global Beyond Sport Employability and Enterprise Award!

Last night The Change Foundation team celebrated another tremendous achievement for our Street Elite programme at the global Beyond Sport Awards 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

Street Elite won the Barclays Sport for Employability and Enterprise Award and were up against two amazing African projects:

•Alive and Kicking (Africa)
•Society Empowerment Project (Kenya)
•Street Elite – Change Foundation and The Berkeley Foundation (UK)

Si Ledwith, The Change Foundation Head of Development and Street Elite programme manager said on receiving the award:

“It’s five years of hard graft working with the most challenging young people in London that are on the edges of gangs and crime. We have to credit the commitment of the coaches on the programme who are available 24/7. These programmes don’t make changes overnight, they take time, determination and resilience. The key is to do what you promise and help one person at a time.”

Street Elite is delivered in partnership with the Berkeley Foundation of the FTSE 100 company the Berkeley Group. Matt Bell, Group Head of External Affairs at the Berkeley Group said:

“Earlier this year Street Elite also won the Third Sector Business Charity Award, this just shows that Street Elite is making an impact in business as well as in the sport for development sector. I’m absolutely thrilled we have won this global award and have been recognised for the important work our team is doing. However, we need more businesses to step up and give these young people an opportunity of employment. A FTSE 100 company working with a charity like The Change Foundation is the future.”

Street Elite is a training for work programme using sport as a vehicle for teaching employability skills to young people involved in gangs and crime. Over a period of 12 months participants are trained in employability skills through sport, they then give back to their community by delivering their own sports sessions on their local estates or youth clubs and then they deliver a sports festival for local schools in their community and showcase their talents to potential employers that are also invited to the event. Following this they are provided with two week work placements and workshops to develop their CV’s and interview skills. Once the young people get to this point they are provided with exit routes some of which include paid employment with Street Elite partners the Berkeley Group.

We would like to thank everyone involved in the programme; coaches, volunteers, funders and partners, but especially the young people who made the choice to make a change.

If you wish to become a partner, supporter, funder or referral agency for young people for the Street Elite programme, please email: siledwith@thechangefoundation.org.uk

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