In a Street League of their own
Friday, 03 June, 2011
England team meet young people helped by FA's official charity partner.
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On Friday morning, the England team welcomed students from Street League, one of The FA’s official charity partners, to Wembley to watch their final training session ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland.
The Street League charity exists to utilise the power of football to help young people who are out of work gain the training necessary to help get them back into a job and career in the future.
Alongside the new students who are starting their journey with Street League was Kahn, a graduate from a previous academy last Autumn. Kahn was associated with the wrong crowd so much so that his life was in danger. Today, with the help of Street League, he is completing a six-month work placement and about to start a full-time job. He also acts as a mentor for others on probation and often presents to young people about his experience.
Kahn's story is just one example of the way that Street League helps young people to turn their lives around.
The Summer Academy is an eight-week programme of intensive coaching combining formal work-related training with structured football coaching.
Members of staff at Downing Street and The FA will be spending time volunteering over the summer period to help the students as they work towards their goal of getting into work.
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