After achieving good grades at school, the future looked bright for Michael. But he found his first year at university less than inspiring and he eventually dropped out. He returned home to Croydon and felt increasingly demotivated in his ability to become a valued member of society.

In the ensuing months, Michael spent most of his time in front of his computer playing video games and engaging in online activities with peers. He lacked enthusiasm and belief in himself. However, his passion for football led him to seize the opportunity to join Street League when it was recommended to him by his local Job Centre adviser in Purley.

Michael attended Street Football sessions to begin with and his confidence began to improve. He missed being selected for the first Academy but his unwavering commitment helped secure him a place on the next Academy programme. His dedication and leadership ability, both in the classroom and on the pitch, helped win him votes to become captain of the Academy team. Michael recently applied for a position with Sainsbury’s in Lower Sydenham and soon afterwards was informed that he had been successful.