Dervell found out about Street League through his local youth club in Bromley. He had recently completed his GCSE’s but didn’t do as well as he had hoped and was unsure of what to do next.

Dervell was passionate about football and was keen to join Street League's South London Academy. During his first week on the Academy, his main interest was to solely play football. However, after beginning his Skills for Employment Level 1 qualification his enthusiasm and willingness to gain employment started to grow.

Dervell showed great determination and commitment during the Academy and he passed his Community Sports Leadership Award (CSLA) Level 2 with flying colours. He also completed and gained qualifications in English Functional Skills and Skills for Employment Level 1.

During his one to one sessions with Street League staff, Dervell expressed an interest in doing an apprenticeship. He was shown a variety of different opportunities and was successful in gaining a number of interviews. Having applied for a position with Melia Hotel, Dervell got through to the final round interview stage where he impressed the panel and was immediately offered employment in their Food and Beverages department.

Speaking about his time on the Academy, Dervell said: “I am only 17 and didn’t really know what I wanted to do. When I joined the Academy I got a lot of support from Street League and they helped me shape-up what my steps would be. It feels good to say I’m now working in a full-time job and really enjoying it.”