Before joining Street League Mohammed had been studying mechanical engineering at college, but was low in confidence and motivation having struggled to find work. Hearing about Street League through the Job Centre Plus, Mohammed decided to give it a try as he enjoyed playing football and was encouraged by the opportunity to gain qualifications through the Academy programme. Whilst at the Academy, Mohammed took part in various employability workshops including working on his CV, application form writing, and interview skills. He also took part in sports sessions where he developed essential skills such as team work, assertiveness and communication.

Although initially one of the quieter members of the group, Mohammed impressed staff by constantly pushing himself outside of his comfort zone and was awarded the ‘most improved’ participant at the Academy’s graduation ceremony. Another major achievement for Mohammed was working with his Street League team mates to run a sports day for 400 local primary children, something which required confidence, leadership and teamwork.

Speaking about his time at Street League and his future goals, Mohammed said: “Street League has boosted my confidence and given me skills that are beneficial to me when looking for work. The support from staff and teammates has been excellent and has given me the courage to try something new with a positive outlook.

“Playing football and doing exercises with my friends was great. Mentally and physically it got me focused on what I wanted to do as a career. It showed my effort and commitment to get involved in tasks and challenges had paid off.”

Mohammed is now on an apprenticeship as a Railway Engineer and is working towards a NVQ Level 2 in Maintenance Engineering.