Scott Marsh (right) CE & PD Programme
Last month in our story Fuelling Ambition in Lancashire it was our pleasure to report on the progress made by two individuals from our regional centre in Accrington. Lee Wilcock and Scott Marsh have both made remarkable progress under the guidance of SSA Accrington Regional Manager, Dave Scholes, highlighted by the outstanding achievement of Lee and Scott becoming FA qualified coaches.
As both Lee and Scott continue to progress with the support of the SSA Accrington and our delivery partner, Community Solutions NW, the news for Scott in particular, gets better and better, with the offer of full-time employment capping off a fantastic year. Scott registered with Street Soccer Academy in January 2013, with a history of drug and alcohol misuse which had led him to being involved in a variety of crimes over a number of years. After working through a rehabilitation programme Scott was referred to Street Soccer Academy from a local housing project ‘Inward House’. As a keen footballer Scott saw Street Soccer Academy as an opportunity to add another dimension to his recovery. On completion of our Coach Education & Personal Development Programme in the summer of 2013 Scott began to take an active roll in coaching at the centre gaining level 2 and Level 3 status and this led to completion of the FA Level 1 Course in November.
In addition to his role at our regional centre Scott involved himself with volunteering with Community Solutions and completed a number of our training courses. He saw this as a development opportunity for himself and a chance to gain valuable experience in preparation for work. Scott became actively involved in CSNW’s Community Repaint programme using previous decorating experience to good effect. Through Bootstrap, a partner agency working in employment & training, Scott was offered an interview at Icon Designs in Blackburn and after a successful interview was offered a weeks trial. Working in a warehouse environment Scott impressed management during the trial and was subsequently offered a full time position with the mattress producers. The influence of Street Soccer Academy on Scott’s development has been recognised by his new employer, to the extent that they have offered the opportunity to incorporate attendance at the Accrington regional centre into his working week.
Dave Scholes, SSA Accrington Regional Manager, had this to say:- ‘Over his year with us Scott has turned his life around in a way that is nothing short of miraculous. He has improved his family situation, gained employment and moved into a new home of his own. He has been a constant support for other lads in the centre, often putting their issues before his own. Both on and off the pitch Scott has been a huge influence on the successful development of Street Soccer Academy, Accrington. I know I speak on behalf of the whole team when I say that we could not be more chuffed for a genuinely amazing lad who has got everything he deserved’.