Unemployed young people can get paid to join an employment programme in Clydebank.

Street League UK works with participants aged between 16 – 29 who are not in education or employment, using sport to help engage young people and motivate them into sustainable employment.

Its upcoming “academy programmes” both begin on January 21, 2019, and will run from 9:30 am – 1 pm every weekday for 10 weeks.

Its fitness academy will run from the Clydebank Leisure Centre, and is open to anyone aged 16 – 24.

Participants will gain two qualifications from this academy, as well as receiving £55 each week for coming along.

Its football academy is open to participants aged 16 – 29, and will run from Goals, Glasgow West.

Both academies will operate workshops to help young people gain life and employment skills, and will utilise sport and fitness to help build confidence, teamwork, and health. Each participant will receive travel expenses and a Nike kit.

Street League employee Lauri Green spoke about the initiative: “We deliver fun, interactive workshops designed to engage young people in group discussion, and to work for those who didn’t enjoy the classroom at school.

“We offer young people the chance to undertake SQA qualifications in Wellbeing and Employability. Our workshops cover topics such as physical and mental wellbeing, skills and qualities, interview skills, work etiquette, leadership, and job searching.

“We also hold close relationships with employers in retail, hospitality, and construction, and support young people to access West College Scotland courses.”

In order to join one of the academy programmes, young people can fill out a sign-up form on Street League’s website, streetleague.co.uk.

It is also possible to be referred through Skills Development Scotland, or the local JobCentre.