Sporting ambition: young women graduate Street Elite Academy

Published: Thursday 10th August 17

Seventeen young women were guests of honour at Wandsworth Town Hall this summer as they celebrated graduating from an innovative youth development programme which uses the power of sport to build aspiration and self belief.

The graduates, all aged between 14 and 17 and from Wandsworth, had taken part in a 3 month Street Elite training scheme run by qualified sports coaches and mentors. Activities were based around sports coaching, helping to build confidence and teach valuable leadership and team working skills.

Those taking part also learnt about coaching, first aid skills and how to handle conflict, with all graduates given access to employment support and work placement opportunities.

The young women involved were identified by the council’s youth service, schools or parents as being at risk of falling out of education and in need of fresh inspiration and support to get back on track.

From 20 initial participants, 17 successfully completed the course, which was the first Street Elite class focused on preventing young people slipping into gangs and crime, rather than intervening once they have already done so.  

The youth training programme has been operating in the borough since 2013 and is a partnership effort between Change Foundation, Berkeley Foundation and Wandsworth Council.

Street Elite has already helped dozens of local young people across London, with around 79 per cent of those who complete the course making a positive step into education, training or work.

Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, welcomed the group to the town hall and presented each graduate with a certificate of completion. He said:

“My congratulations again to all of Wandsworth’s 2017 Street Elite graduates. The positivity these young women displayed was striking and impressive. You could see their desire to take on new challenges and they all talked about their aspirations and goals with real conviction.

“With women’s sport so clearly in the ascendency I hope other young women will be taking advantage of this programme, or going out and getting involved with local sports. The council provides a range of youth sport services and there are dozens of independent clubs and other organisations across the borough where anyone can get started."

Find out more about local sports facilities on the council’s website

Find out more about Street Elite online.

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