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Dons team up with academy

25 July 2013

Young people can benefit through Street League partnership

to offer an unbeatable combination of football and education for young people seeking to further their career opportunities.Street Leaguehas teamed up with AFC Wimbledon 

Wimbledon’s award-winning community coaching team are delighted to have joined forces with the renowned national charity Street League, which uses the power of football to change the lives of young people aged 16-25, who are not currently in education, employment or training.

(National Open College Network) qualification. Working on CV’s and mock interviews are also part of the training experience to complement these qualifications and make young people more employable.NOCN (Community Sports Leaders Award) and an CSLAThe Street League Academy delivers a football and education programme which consists of two hours on the pitch and the same amount of time in the classroom per day during an eight-week course. Successful completion of the course can lead to a

Currently for every four graduates from the Street League Academy programme across the UK, two manage to get jobs and one of the remainder moves into training.

, it is hoped that this partnership can help to achieve the club’s community goals and boost Street League’s profile in these areas.Kingston and MertonWith AFC Wimbledon’s popularity in

said: “Street League approached us because they understand AFC Wimbledon’s ethos of being a true community club. As a Football League club we believe that we can appeal to young people in the boroughs of Merton and Kingston who perhaps aren’t spending their time as productively or constructively as they could be. We think that there are a lot of young people locally who with a little more support could realise their full potential, and combining football with an opportunity to gain educational qualifications can boost self-confidence and improve participant’s prospects going forward.”Paul FoleyCommunity Football Scheme Manager

said: “We are delighted to be launching our seventh London Academy in conjunction with AFC Wimbledon, a club at the heart of its local community.”Matt Stevenson-DoddStreet League Chief Executive

, a Youth and Community Coach at Street League who will be part of the team delivering the academy sessions, is a great example of what can be achieved by the programme as he progressed from being a participant himself to a full-time member of Street League staff.Niven Nkansah

, said: “I found out about Street League when I was unemployed and I thought it would be a great opportunity to help me find a career. After completing the course I came back and started volunteering to help coaches at the academy and I am delighted that this led to a full-time paid position.”Joe RobertsNiven, who is pictured above (right) with AFC Wimbledon Community Coach

AFC Wimbledon and Street League are staging an induction for their first academy on Monday, 29 July (starting at 9.00 am), at the Holiday Inn Colliers Wood, and anyone interested can attend this before the programme begins the next day.

 .Street LeagueIf you cannot attend this induction, then it may still be possible to join a Street League Academy. Contact Niven Nkansah on 07510 047524 or e-mail by clicking on 

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