Street League, the football charity, have announced a partnership with Crystal Palace FC's Foundation aimed at helping tackle youth unemployment in south London, reports fcbusiness. Street League is a national charity with six Academies in London, including Croydon. Their eight-week programme helps disadvantaged 16 to 25-year-olds develop crucial employability skills such as teamwork and communication, with CV-writing and mock interview sessions. Participants also play football and achieve coaching qualifications.
Through the partnership, the charity will now work closely with the club to cross-refer young people in need of help, put on employability courses and events together, and provide employment opportunities. Street League already stage their Academy graduation events at Selhurst Park.
To mark the start of the partnership, a five-a-side tournament will be held in late May at a venue to be announced. Teams of former Street League Academy participants from across London and from the Palace Foundation will play. Other organisations committed to tackling youth unemployment are also invited to enter.