FOOTBALL stars joined forces with a popular sports programme to give their backing to a scheme which helps jobless people get into work.
The Saturday morning television show, Soccer AM, spent time in Hartlepool yesterday filming an employability programme run by the national charity Street League.
The eight-week project, which is currently running at the Belle Vue Community Centre, in Kendal Road, uses football to help unemployed young people get into work and training.
Soccer AM, which is shown on Sky One and Sky Sports One, filmed a class at the community centre and football sessions at the Sports Domes, at Seaton Carew.
Hartlepool United midfielders Matty Dolan and Jonathan Franks joined Middlesbrough’s Kei Kamara at the Sports Domes.
Soccer AM presenter Max Rushden said: “Everyone at Soccer AM is really happy to be involved with the Street League charity because it really does make a difference.
“You can actually see the results and it gives young people a chance.”
Central midfielder Matty Dolan said: “Street League is a brilliant scheme. Obviously the football side is the attraction but the scheme has such positive results.”
Winger Jonathan Franks added: “This is really positive for Hartlepool.”
Dean Cartwright, Street League’s Tees Valley operations manager, added: “It is fantastic to have the backing of Soccer AM.
“Everyone on the course is currently from Hartlepool and to have the national exposure on such a positive scheme is great.”
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.
Soccer AM has been supporting Street League by donating proceeds from the sale of its T-shirts and last season £17,704 was raised nationally which has helped to fund the latest course in Hartlepool.
The Street League feature will be shown on Soccer AM in early December. The Street League scheme is open to anyone aged 16 to 25 who is not in employment.
For more information about Street League call 07584504976, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.