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Beyond Sport delegation visits Street Step Academy


Beyond Sport delegation visits Street Step Academy

Sport and development stakeholders were given a taster of Street Step's work using dance and fitness to address issues of unemployment and financial security.

Street Step received a visit by delegates from across the world who were attending the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards 2015 in London.

The summit brought together social innovators and global leaders in using sport to drive social change, and this year focused on reducing the economic divides in society.

As part of their visit to various social enterprises ahead of the awards ceremony, the Beyond Sport delegates visited Street Step’s innovative programme which supports young people into work using dance fitness. It is funded by Barclays and this year launched in London, Birmingham and Glasgow.

Barclays is the founding partner of Street Step, and is supporting its launch as part of the bank’s stated commitment to help young people gain employment and financial security.

Just like it would be on a normal day of the Academy, participants and delegates joined forces to go through some interview techniques, with some choosing to play the role of the interviewer, and others the interviewee.

Delegates then took to the floor with dance and fitness teacher, Kate, leading them and Academy participants in a routine from the film ‘Hairspray’. This routine is used in an employability session about ‘addressing roles’ in interview situations.

Kate said: "Interviews can seem very daunting for a young person who might not have experienced one before. Incorporating the 'Hairspray' routine into the interview practice sessions helps our participants have fun, but also learn the valuable techniques needed to succeed in an interview. It's a great confidence booster."

Watch BBC London coverage of the Academy below:

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 23:00