Robin van Persie supports Newcastle youth unemployment charity

Robin van Persie has given his support to a charity helping people in the North East Credit: PA

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has given his support to a charity which uses football to tackle youth unemployment in Newcastle.

The Netherlands international is an ambassador for Street League, which has just launched its new website.

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"There are almost one million young people out of work in the UK. Street League are amazing because they use the power of football to get the most disadvantaged into work, education and training."

Street League targets the hardest to reach groups in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK and 76% of graduates from the charity's academy get a job or move into training.

It works out of five cities: London, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Chief executive Matt Stevenson-Dodd said:

"Research has shown that a young adult out of work for a substantial period of time is more likely to be unemployed and welfare-dependent later in life.

"They will also become increasingly susceptible to poor health and mental stress, and more likely to become involved in anti-social behaviour.

"At Street League we are very proud of our track record. For every four young people who graduate from our academy programme, two get jobs and one moves into training. Now we are appealing to more people to get involved and support Street League's crucial work."