Employees from six companies are joining forces on the football pitch with young men from homeless hostels as part of a Street League scheme to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds work towards employment.
Next week, more than 50 men will line up alongside staff from firms including Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and Cadbury Trebor Bassett as part of the Twinning Tournament.
Run by the Street League charity, the contest is the finale of a six-month partnership in which companies have teamed up with hostels and community projects for regular training sessions.
Damian Hatton, Street League chief executive, said: “Our players can gain so much from the interaction with business professionals who serve as great role models and demonstrate in their behaviour many of the principles we encourage including, teamwork, respect, discipline, motivation and hard work.”
Hatton said there were benefits for employers, including improved teamwork, motivation and health, as well as “broadening horizons and perspectives”.