DD enrolled on the streetsoccer programme whilst in recovery on the Eden Unit. DD found the physical aspect of the programme aided his recovery from a history of drug abuse.
“Being part of a physical based programme enabled me to improve my general health and for the first time in my life become fit.”
DD thrived off the classroom-based units of discussion, particularly the action-planning module, which enabled him to make firm plans as he approached release. It was quite clear that DD was becoming extremely motivated during his time on the course and he set himself three targets.
“I have never worked as an adult so this is the first thing I want to focus on when released. The second is my relationship with my partner and thirdly to feel like I belong in community and have a role to play in society.”
DD successfully completed all 21 units of the programme and engaged with us in community. He regularly attended the Manchester based regional centre taking an active part in leading and running the sessions. After his quarterly appraisal having completed a Skills Development Programme with us, we confidently put him forward for an interview with a telecommunications company. After a successful application process and interview DD was offered the job in Wythenshawe. He has been employed for over 12 months now, has his own place to live with girlfriend and son, and now volunteers at Street Soccer Academy outside of working hours.
In answer to a question that DD was asked recently regarding where he would be without the help of Street Soccer Academy, he replied ‘I’d be dead’.
“I’m so grateful that someone gave me a chance to prove myself, especially with my background. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for Street Soccer Academy and the programmes that they made available to me in order to turn my life around. I’ll be forever grateful.”