Coach happy he did not pass up opportunity

Jason Findley, 23, from Howdon taking part in a Street League training session in Howdon.

Jason Findley, 23, from Howdon taking part in a Street League training session in Howdon.

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A COACH could not be happier after not passing up a ‘life changing’ opportunity.

Jason Findley had become exasperated after struggling to find work for two years, but has now regained his focus thanks to football charity Street League.

The organisation – supported by North Tyneside Council – delivers structured football and employability programmes to disadvantaged young people not in employment, education or training.

Now father-of-two Jason has a new zest for life thanks to the scheme he started in February.

The 23-year-old from Howdon said: “I can honestly say Street League has changed my life.

“After spending so long out of work, getting a job seemed impossible and I started feeling worthless.

“I was starting to spend most of my days doing nothing – and because of bad experiences in the past – I had no confidence.”

After being introduced to Street League, Jason has a new found drive and direction after completing the academy in August – achieving a Fit for Work level one qualification and a Community Sports Leader Award level two.

“This has now given me the motivation to do something with my life.”

“I take fitness very seriously. I’m out jogging all of the time and haven’t drink alcohol in almost two months.

“Since graduating from the academy, I’m now more confident and work as a volunteer during the sessions, as well as becoming a member of the programme’s volunteer forum.

“Also, I’ve enrolled on a performing arts course at college, which starts in September. I’m so glad Street League has inspired me to make something of myself.”

Coun David Lilly, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “Street League is a fantastic scheme, helping to get some of our hardest to reach young people on the right path, and Jason is proof of that.”

Callum Simpson, UEFA B licensed Street League coach, said: “To see the progress that Jason has made and how much he has developed as an individual since engaging with Street League is amazing.”

For more information on the scheme visit www.streetleague.co.uk