Scheme kicks off

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IT’S a winner! A football scheme which helps jobless people get into work is coming to Hartlepool.

The Saturday morning television show, Soccer AM, is backing an employability programme in the town.

The eight-week project uses football to help unemployed young people get into work and training and is run by the national charity Street League.

It is open to anyone aged 16 to 25 who is not in employment. It starts in Hartlepool on Monday, October 28, at the Belle Vue Community Centre, in Kendal Road.

Soccer AM presenter Max Rushden said Street League provides a great atmosphere and added: “It actually gets results, helping some of the most disadvantaged in the community get their lives back on track.

“Everyone at Soccer AM is really happy to be supporting the charity as a whole and the programme in Hartlepool.”

The Street League Academy helps young people develop key life skills such as communication, teamwork and goal-setting. Participants get help with CVs, interview techniques and earn nationally-recognised qualifications.

Street League chief executive Matt Stevenson-Dodd said: “Football is a brilliant tool for engaging with young people who are facing the biggest barriers to employment.”

Soccer AM has been supporting Street League by donating proceeds from the sale of its T-shirts. Last season £17,704 was raised, which is now being used to fund the charity’s operation.

Street League is expanding all over the UK. Schemes were recently launched in Liverpool, Nottingham and Lanarkshire.

Organisers are planning for the programme to extend to 15 regions by the end of 2015, helping 2000 young people change their lives through football every year.

Anyone interested in attending the Hartlepool course should contact Street League Tees Valley operations manager Dean Cartwright on 07584504976, or email dean.cartwright@streetleague.co.uk.