Nina joined Street League in Manchester having struggled to find work after leaving college. Despite having qualifications and work experience as a volunteer youth worker, Nina was unable to find a job which had affected her confidence and motivation. Nina found out about Street League through her local Job Centre, and after speaking to staff about the programme, she decided to give it a try.

Having attended her first Street League session Nina quickly found herself at ease with the Street League staff and subsequently signed up for the Academy. Nina’s attendance record was exemplary, and she worked hard at planning and leading sessions, putting together her CV, and completing coursework. Although she found it tough at times, Nina worked with staff and fellow participants to overcome any challenges, and after graduating from the programme, Nina continued to attend one-to-one appointments.

Not long after graduating, Nina was successful in gaining several interviews where she was successful in being offered a job! She is now working at a school as well as continuing to work as a volunteer running a girls youth group in Manchester.

Looking back at her time on the Academy, Nina said: “I enjoyed every bit of the Street League programme, from the classroom activities to the 11-a-side football matches. Graduating from the Academy and gaining qualifications has given me a huge confidence boost, and the support that staff have given me has kept me going through some knockbacks.

“The fitness aspects of the course helped me to improve my confidence, communication and teamwork skills. I have managed to lose weight and get fitter. I want to tell everyone about Street League because it is has been the best eight weeks of my life. I would recommend it because of the people you meet and the fun you have. It has been great to keep in touch with Street League after the course, and I still receive ongoing support.”