On September 24th RiverStone International participated for the first time in the 9th Street League & CVC Challenge Victory Cup – Euro 2021 edition in aid of Street League. The initiative helped raise an amazing £245,000+ for Street League.
This year saw 33 teams taking part in the 5-a-side football tournament. The tournament had a Euros 2021 theme, with each team representing a country at the European Championships. We were also delighted to be joined by football legends and TV pundits Glenn Hoddle and Chris Sutton who participated in a Q&A session and presented the awards. Corona virus and the associated lockdowns have made life even tougher for young people who are trying to kickstart their careers.
Youth unemployment is at its highest level for decades and this lack of opportunity is having a negative effect on young people’s mental health, physical health, and confidence. To counter this, Street League is working harder than ever to support young people through these difficult times both during and post school years. The funds raised through this wonderful event will go towards:
- New work in secondary schools, delivering sport and employability sessions to 14–16-year-olds most at risk of unemployment post school.
- The South London Academy (Bermondsey), supporting 16–24-year-olds with sport, employability skills and qualifications to help them find work.
- The ‘Aftercare support’ service across England, supporting young people in their first job for up to 12 months.
The event took place at the Powerleague Shoreditch pitches, in London near Liverpool Street station.
Many CVC affiliates and partners participated in the event. Companies such as Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Domestic & General and PWC fielded a team for the event.
RiverStone finished runners up in the tournament after a hard battle in the final against the Domestic & General team. This is a great achievement given that it was our first participation in the event and we were up against much bigger firms!