Paul attended Street Football sessions after hearing about Street League at a youth unemployment fair arranged by Skills Development Scotland and Job Centre Plus in Edinburgh. Paul had previously completed a 'Get Ready for Work' programme and gained some work experience with his father’s roofing company, but found himself unemployed and mixing with the wrong crowd.

Paul showed a positive attitude and regular attendance in the weeks leading up to the start of the Academy, and was rewarded with the offer of a place on the programme. Paul was one of the youngest of the group, initially finding himself on the periphery and struggling to participate in group settings. As time went by he began to express his opinions and views, and he became a strong and integral character in the group. Paul unfortunately was unable to attend his work experience week due to a pre-booked family trip, but he excelled in the CV and mock interview session with State Street volunteers, as well as delivering an excellent speech to over 20 group members, staff and partner representatives at his Graduation Ceremony.

Paul completed the Academy with three qualifications but, more importantly, a new sense of belief and confidence in himself. The 'new Paul' successfully passed an interview and gained a place on an Introduction to Construction and Joinery programme.