London Football Clubs Launch New Programme to Help Young People Find Employment

Football Clubs across London are part of an exciting new programme which will provide 16-24 year olds that are struggling to find work, with the key skills and experience to find meaningful employment.

The EFL Trust’s Training Ground programme is aimed at young people who are struggling to get that critical first step on the employment ladder. The initiative is aimed at young people that are trapped in the vicious circle of not being able to find meaningful employment because they do not have the skills or experience that they can only gain by being in work.

Debbie Cook, Director of Community for the charitable arm of EFL said “This is a unique opportunity for young people to overcome barriers and unlock their potential. They will be supported through our Training Ground programme which provides practical support and training, alongside mentoring and wellbeing activities that will increase the confidence of participants.”

The Training Ground programme offers small groups the chance to receive one to one mentoring; participate in group workshops on topics such as life skills and money management; undertake work experience or volunteering in a range of contexts to develop employability skills, and to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

The course looks after the body and mind, combining both developing employability skills and improving health and wellbeing. Employability is developed by teaching key skills such as team building, interpersonal skills and CV writing. The health and wellbeing element of the programme combines physical health activity with mental health support.

The programme will be run at 11 Clubs in Greater London:  Wimbledon, Arsenal, Brentford, Charlton Athletic, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient, Millwall, Queen’s Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspurs and West Ham United

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

The EFL Trust Training Ground programme is currently available to those aged 16-24 living within the Greater London Authority area and is an employability programme designed to support those seeking employment or further training.

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