Aurélien, originally from France, left school with good GCSEs and went on to University. However, after studying for a year and unsure whether it was for him, he decided to take some time off to look after his baby daughter. During this time, he found temporary work but struggled to find anything long term.

Aurélien first came across Street League at a jobs fair where he spoke to staff about the programme. From here he attended a Street Football session and was invited to an Academy open day where he was given a place on the Academy. At the beginning, Aurélien was juggling family responsibilities with his career aspirations and was uncertain which direction to go in. He managed to maintain a 100% attendance record on the course and impressed Street League staff with his positive attitude and enthusiasm.

During the Community Sports Leadership Award, Aurélien developed his confidence and showed great leadership skills. He really enjoyed leading coaching sessions and decided that this was a career pathway which really interested him.

Aurélien has since gone on to work full-time job as a retail assistant and is volunteering as a youth worker/coach at a local youth club to develop his coaching skills. He hopes to one day make coaching his career.

Speaking about his time on the Academy, Aurélien said: "I have loved every minute of my time with Street League and have particularly enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends. Street League staff have influenced me in a positive way which has changed my life. I feel as if I have developed as a person and can now work confidently within a team and on my own."