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

Our life-changing sixteen-month apprenticeship programme doesn’t just improve employability; it results in employment. Through intensive training with LTSB, football foundations and blue-chip companies, our participants are developed personally and professionally, and better prepared for the business world. The success rate is incredible: we’re proud that 100% of all graduates from the first two Intakes went on to full-time employment or chose higher education instead.

We currently 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.

We are delighted to be working with Manchester City FC City in the Community and Kaplan in Manchester for our 2016 Intake.  We are also delighted to be working with Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College together with Chelsea FC Foundation this year.  

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 blue-chip 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, 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.

The results are clear! 

  • 91% successfully completed the programme
  • 100% were placed as apprentices with leading employers for 12 months
  • 80% were hired by their incumbent apprenticeship employers
  • 100% found employment or progressed to university or further education

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 with social & employability skills
  • No recruitment or training costs
  • Opportunity to try out the person before you hire full time
  • Exemption from Employers NI
  • Credit against Government Levy
  • Grants applicable depending upon employer size
  • Continuous leadership and personal development provided
  • Support by LTSB, Football Club, College and individual Mentor


Our Employers Include:

  • Barclays 
  • Barnes Roffe
  • Bayern LB
  • Berg Kaprow Lewis LLP 
  • Career Moves Group
  • Complete Accounting Solutions 
  • Carpetright
  • Charles Taylor InsureTech
  • Crowe Clark Whitehill
  • Dealogic
  • Deloitte 
  • Edison Group
  • Eversheds LLP
  • Exotix
  • EY
  • Flubit
  • GAN 
  • Grant Thorton
  • Harman & Co
  • Harvest Digital 
  • ICAP
  • Iris Worldwide 
  • Johnson Matthey 
  • Kingston Smith
  • Leyton Orient Trust
  • Macquarie Group
  • Made Simple
  • Mazars
  • Mountview House Group 
  • Online Lubricants 
  • Phoenix Equity Partners 
  • Raffingers Stuart
  • RBS
  • Rochesters Accountants
  • RSM (previously Baker Tilly)
  • St Martin in the Fields
  • Sunrise Brokers
  • The Key Holding Company
  • This is Now
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Tradition
  • Tullett Prebon
  • Wesley Pemberton 
  • West Ham United 

If you would like to join our outstanding group of employers please email Debs Barlow, LTSB Employment Manager.