In January 2018, Sports Fun 4 All developed a partnership with Christ the King Sixth Form College in Lewisham, offering their students the opportunity to complete an FA Level 1 coaching qualification and gain paid employment as a football coach with Sports Fun 4 All.
One of the young people to come through this partnership was Elias Acheampong, who was just 17 years old at the time. Elias started in February, initially volunteering for eight weeks. Elias displayed commitment and dedication by arriving on time each week, listening to the senior coaches and positively engaging with the children, so we paid for him to complete his FA Level 1.
Elias returned after completing the FA Level 1, a new man with an improvement in his coaching and increased confidence. Elias was able to plan and lead sessions without a Head Coach and took charge of his group. Elias learnt valuable skills through this process, such as punctuality, communication and assertiveness, which helped him in his UCAS application that academic year.