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Leadership Through Sport & Business

Leadership Through Sport & Business

  • Leadership Through Sport & Business (LTSB) places bright young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in outstanding professional apprenticeships and social action is central to their personal development.
  • Our programme provides embedded opportunities for candidates to develop and demonstrate key leadership skills through coaching, mentoring and referee training, delivered in partnership with our football club foundation partners at Aston Villa, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and West Ham.
  • Youth social engagement during the pre-apprenticeship phase of our programme teaches young people transferable skills that will benefit them and their employers throughout their careers. But more generally, it makes a valuable contribution to wellbeing as a whole – the benefits to mental health, self-esteem and confidence are clear.
  • Society needs young people to engage with their communities to be socially responsible, meaningfully employed and able to contribute to more stable homes and families. Social action gives our young people a foundation to become the role models who can make a difference.
  • Our young people, aged 16-21, make a commitment to complete 35 hours of social action over the course of their apprenticeship, and LTSB strives to provide meaningful and impactful opportunities. We will closely track the achievements of our young people and publish this in our impact reports.
  • LTSB delivers a 2-year intensive programme including a pre-employment phase and an AAT Level 3 apprenticeship in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool.  We have transformed the lives of 232 young people since our inception in 2012.  Our goal is to deliver our programme to at least 400 more young people by 2020 and to that end we have just recruited 100 young people in September 2017.
  • These young people will be involved in at least 14,000 hours of youth social action by 2020.
  • LTSB will continue to communicate the value of embedding youth social action into apprenticeships and to share best practice and outcomes when we speak to employers, funders, partners and policy makers.

We’ve been working hard already to fulfil our pledge that we made, and have been organising events around the country in celebration of the #iwillweek. Check out the map to see what our cohorts in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool have planned.

Our dedicated young people have also been fulfilling their voluntary commitments, including training young kids in football, refereeing their matches and also contributing to community programs with the football club foundations they work with. Our twitter page (see below) is a great platform we, our staff and our students have been using to share the great social action contributions that have been made.

We are looking forward to seeing the progress in the upcoming months, and the real difference social action makes in them as young adults, and also in the workplace as they begin their placements in the new year.

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Quote from Caroline Adair, CEO at LTSB
“At LTSB we know the huge impact social action can have for our young people, their local communities and the businesses that employ them. Our #iwill pledge reflects how integral social action is to our programme, especially teaching the young people transferable skills that will benefit them and their employers throughout their careers. Importantly it also makes a valuable contribution to wellbeing as a whole – the benefits to mental health, self-esteem and confidence are clear. I look forward to reporting on our progress over the coming months, and showcasing the efforts of our inspirational young people.”