On the ball to change lives

NEGATIVE stereotyping of youngsters was tackled at a football tournament held in Longbenton last week by the charity Street League.

More than 50 youngsters took part – all of them not in education, employment or training – and they were offered the chance to get advice from training providers and employment agencies.

Event co-ordinator Andy Gray said: “We hope this event will break down some of the perceptions held between young unemployed people and adults that work for employment agencies by using football as a tool for positive interaction.”