ON THE BALL FOR A DREAM JOB

Man lands job at car gi­ants after get­ting help from academy

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Goolis­tan Cooper ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

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.

Con­trib­uted

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

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