LB Wandsworth is to bring the Street Elite youth training programme to Roehampton.
The training scheme uses sport and mentoring to help unemployed or hard-to-reach young people.
Street Elite focusses on young people aged 16 to 24 who are currently not in education, employment or training (NEET). It uses sport as a form of training for work.
The council is working with the scheme’s organisers – The Berkeley Group, Cricket for Change and the Met Police – to identify local candidates who could benefit from this unique programme, which involves football, cricket and rugby.
The scheme offers intensive support to young people over a period of 9 months and helps them gain the confidence, qualifications and self-esteem needed to get a job or go on to further and higher education.
It has been active in other parts of London for two years and 79 per cent of participants have successfully moved into education, training or work.
Street Elite teaches sports coaching and youth work skills, challenging young people to take responsibility for organising and running their own training sessions and events. They learn how to coach, basic first aid skills and how to handle conflict. They also get access to employment support and work placements for anyone who completes the programme.
The aim is to create confident, motivated people who are ready to work and who feel in control of their lives.