ON THE BALL FOR A DREAM JOB
Man lands job at car giants after getting help from academy
A FORMER Hillingdon school pupil who could not find work has turned his life around and landed his dream job with the help of a football charity.
Anthony Ball, from South Ruislip, was unemployed when he found out about Street League and joined the charity’s North London academy.
Now he has a landed a job at motor giants Hyundai in its technical department and will be trained as a mechanic.
Street League engages people aged between 16 and 25, who are not in education, employment or training, with a structured football and education academy programme that sees students in the classroom and on the pitch for two hours each day.
Mr Ball, 24, had left Uxbridge High School, in The Greenway, at 16 with one GCSE and worked in road maintenance and as a delivery driver before being made redundant in January last year.
He said he lost confidence and motivation as a result, before hearing about Street League and joining in April. Mr Ball said it was one of the best things he had done.
He said: “As well as playing football every day, I gained different qualifications and was given support in putting together my CV, applying for jobs and preparing for interviews.
“It’s something I’d never even dreamed of happening, or a place I’d be working. My parents just have ordinary jobs and now I’m at a company where I could possibly be travelling all over the world to work.
“I’m ready for everything and anything and I’m excited about the future.”
If you are interested in joining Street League and its 10-week programme, go to www.streetleague.co.uk.
LEASE OF LIFE: (Above) Anthony Ball at work with Hyundai; (left) Anthony Ball (second right) stands next to Hyundai UK president Tony Whitehorn and other footballers