Prior to Street League, Hafsah had unfortunately been dismissed from another training programme due to her behaviour and poor attendance. She faced employability barriers from low attainment and had never achieved any qualifications in English or Maths.
She also faced significant cultural barriers in terms of her being able to take part in football and mixed gender sports. But after the Operations Manager at Street League Sheffield had spoken to Hafsah’s father, he was able to see that the Street League programme would greatly benefit Hafsah and allowed her to participate.
Since coming to Street League Hafsah has recorded a 100% attendance which is an amazing turnaround. Hafsah recently received the Street League MVP (Most Valuable Participant) trophy for her attendance and efforts whilst being at Street League.
She has achieved her Level 1 Award in Skills for Employment, Training & Personal Development qualification and her first ever qualification in Maths and English. She has also started to do some volunteer work, running female football sessions through the FURD programme at the U-mix Centre on a Saturday morning. This is a very positive step for Hafsah as she is a football fanatic.
Hafsah has now completed her programme at Street League taking massive strides forwards with her confidence, attitude, punctuality, and communication. Thanks to Street League’s support, Hafsah was recently successful at her interview to progress onto a traineeship in retail with Interserve. Hafsah’s ambition is to secure a job in retail and this will be a huge step towards that goal.
"Street League just get me," said Hafsah.
"The staff are very understanding and supportive and I have met many different people and made some new friends. I feel I have matured and developed myself hugely whilst at Street League. They worked hard with my parents to persuade them that Street League would be good for me and I will be eternally grateful.
"I have achieved so much, such as a qualification in Maths and English which I have wanted for a long time and my skills for employment have improved through the various employability sessions I have taken part in and all the extra support I have received. I would recommend any young person to go on the Street League website, get in touch with their local Street League region and sign up. It’s been an amazing experience for me."
The funding from The Supporters Club allows us to use venues such as the English Institute of Sport which is an amazing facility where a lot of elite athletes train, where NGBs of various sports are based and professional people go about their various day to day jobs. This makes it a very motivational and inspiring environment for Street League’s young people to thrive in. It also helps to pay for equipment and resources enabling us to deliver the Maths, English, employability and football sessions that are fun and engaging.
Hafsah wouldn’t usually have the money for her travel, so the funding also helps to ensure money isn’t a barrier to attending the Street League programme as we can reimburse travel costs for the young people. It has also helped by giving Hafsah the tutor time she needs which is individually tailored to her. This has given her the best possible chance of achieving qualifications, developing her life and work skills and improving her fitness and football skills. This has all really helped to give Hafsah the best possible chance of her reaching her ultimate goal of securing employment.