Twenty two year old Rodrique had moved to the UK from Belgium and joined Street League’s Academy programme for the opportunity to play football regularly and find a permanent job. He had come to London for family reasons, and had initial success in finding work but needed to find a full-time job closer to his new home.

Rodrique visited his local job centre in Woolwich where he met Street League staff who offered him the chance to join the Academy. Rodrique was grateful for the chance and it was an opportunity he would not take for granted.

Throughout his time on the Academy he worked closely with Street League Progressions Coordinators who helped him identify which jobs he’d be most suitable for. His first first interview was for the role as a kitchen porter in central London and although this interview proved to be unsuccessful, the experience gave Rodrique the confidence to pursue other job opportunities.

Rodrique started looking for jobs in his spare time and his commitment to finding work was an inspiration to others on the Academy. His hard work eventually paid off when he was given a part-time work trial at Superdrug. This created a snowball effect, as not long after he was offered a full-time job working at Nando's.