The scheme targets young people between the ages of 16-25 who have barriers in life and may have struggled at school, been in care, been in trouble with the police or be long-term unemployed.
The programme has had a significant impact with more than 25,000 young people engaged in a variety of projects through the Initiative. Three quarters of those people on the scheme have moved into education, work, training or volunteering.
The partnership’s aims are:
- To extend the reach of football to engage, motivate and improve the long term outcomes of young people
- To use football to help meet the challenges of recruiting young people to programmes from the most hard to reach backgrounds, working with appropriate partnership agencies
- To increase qualifications earned and improve employment prospects
- Deliver programmes that focus on quality of activity and strong outcomes for young people
- Encourage opportunities in volunteering as a recognised progression pathway for young
Key Achievements in 2013/14:
- In the last year alone, The Prince’s Trust Football Initiative programmes helped a further 1035 young people get their lives back on track.
- 68% progressed into education, training, employment or volunteering.
- 26% of young people progressed into employment following participation in a football programme
- Of the participants in The Prince’s Trust programmes 83% were long term unemployed, 18% were offenders or ex-offenders.
- 25,000+ young people have been engaged through the partnership;
- 5982 young offenders/ex-offenders have been rehabilitated;
- 40 professional clubs have been involved in the initiative;
- 22,755 long-term unemployed young people supported;
- 2314 care leavers helped to make transition to independent living;
- There were 11 current and ex-professional player appearances on the Prince’s Trust programmes.