Sammi, 17, had been in and out of college since leaving school. She felt that she wasn’t going anywhere with her life and wanted to make some positive changes. Sammi was interested in sports, particularly football, and so decided to go along to a Street Football session after hearing about it through one of Street League’s Youth and Community Coach’s.

After attending her first session, Sammi was a little worried when she realised that she was the only girl, but she enjoyed the football and continued to attend. Sammi was selected to join the Academy programme and her attitude, attendance, and time keeping were first class. When the opportunity came up for participants to apply to go on Street League's trip to Brazil for the Football for Hope Festival, Sammi was one of the first to be chosen. Following the trip, Sammi undertook various media engagements with the local press, where she spoke about her time at Street League and the increase in her confidence and aspiration levels since attending the Academy.

Back in the UK, Sammi applied to a number of coaching companies and within a week had been offered an interview. Street League staff helped her prepare by running through some potential questions, and after securing a week’s trial with the company, they offered her an apprenticeship as a sports coach.

Sammi said: “This has been such a crazy year. I was unsure of what I wanted to do and my confidence was low after leaving college, but after going along to that first Street Football session I feel that it’s just been one good experience after another. Getting a job in sport has been great and Street League’s Academy has helped me massively in getting there.”