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Leadership Through Sport & Business is a social mobility charity that gives bright, disadvantaged young people access to careers in accounting and finance.

Our life-changing sixteen-month apprenticeship programme doesn’t just improve employability; it results in employment. Through intensive training with LTSB, football club foundations and blue-chip companies, our participants are developed personally and professionally, and better prepared for the business world. The successful outcomes are rewarding to see: we’re proud that in the first 3 years during which time 70 young people participated in the programme:

  • 70 completed the 4-month employability boot camp and AAT Level 2           100%
  • 59 completed the 16-month programme and AAT Level 3 apprenticeship        84%
  • 52 are in full time employment or have progressed to university                      74%

In 2015 we recruited another 70 young people and we are in the process of recruiting a further 80 to start in September 2016. Currently we work with Chelsea, West Ham United, Aston Villa and Leyton Orient’s foundations to deliver coaching, mentoring and leadership skills. We also work with selected FE Colleges including South & City College Birmingham, Westminster Kingsway College, College of Haringey Enfield & North East London and Newham College to deliver academic qualifications. From September we are also working with Manchester City FC City in the Community and Kaplan.

 The Programme:

Our life-changing sixteen-month accountancy apprenticeship programme consists of two phases: a four month unpaid pre-apprenticeship training and a 12 month paid Apprenticeship with world class companies.

In the first four months, candidates are given the training and skills to succeed through:

  • Education – internationally recognised AAT Level 2 qualification in accounting, with expert tutoring through local college partners.
  • Employability – exclusive interview training, CV coaching, public speaking and debate competitions, mock trials, business games, guest speakers, as well as workshops and events with leading companies and business people.
  • Enrichment – transferable skills developed through FA Level 1 coaching, refereeing and first aid courses.  Leadership development through volunteering in the community and coaching younger children. Each young person volunteers a minimum of 35 hours during the year they are employed.

12-month paid apprenticeships with leading employers including ICAP, Eversheds, Deloitte, EY, RBS, Grant Thornton, RSM, Macquarie, Carpetright and Johnson Matthey including ongoing personal and professional development by LTSB.

Our programme has a far-reaching impact not just upon the young people who participate but their families, their communities and society as a whole!



Employ a young person for 12 months in a junior accounts role



  • Talent pipeline of diverse, bright, ambitious young people who have gained social & employability skills through our programme
  • Continuous leadership and personal development provided
  • No recruitment or training costs
  • Opportunity to try out the person before you hire full time
  • Exemption from Employers NI
  • Programme complies with Apprenticeship Levy
  • Support by LTSB, Football Club, College and individual Mentor