Fulham Football Club Foundation and the DWP have been working together to help the long-term unemployed and 16-25 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEETS) build their employability skills and find permanent jobs.
They hosted an event, organised by the Football League Trust, designed to share best practice with other clubs and organisations. Guests included Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Charlton Athletic.
Employment Minister Priti Patel said: “The difference that schemes like this are making is plain for all too see and our local Jobcentres are working hand-in-hand with organisations like Fulham Football Club Foundation right the way across the country to help people overcome barriers and move closer to employment.”
“That is why we announced that we would be injecting £30,000 to help Fulham Football Club Foundation continue its excellent work in this area.”
The cash, which came from the DWP’s Flexible Support Fund, will go towards a new scheme Fulham Work Hub, which is building on the work of My Future Goal.
People will be referred by their local Jobcentre Plus and will typically be those who are hardest to help due to multiple barriers to employment.
Fulham Football Club Foundation Chief Executive, Steven Day, said: “Our new Fulham Work Hub programme is supported by the Premier League and funds from the DWP will allow us to continue to work with local unemployed young people further.
“This will enable us to assist participants in developing their employability skills for opportunities in education, employment or training in the future.”
Football League Trust Director of Operations, Mike Evans said: “The unique ability of football clubs to engage young people is a huge factor in this, but it requires professional organisations such as Fulham Football Club Foundation to inspire people to fulfil their potential.”