Michael is a 22-year-old from Raynes Park who suffers from tourettes syndrome. Michael found out about the programme at his local Job Centre and was keen to apply as he wanted to expand his knowledge and improve his coaching skills so that he is able to educate the next generation. Also, the location of the course – Craven Cottage – was an added incentive. Prior to enrolling on the course Michael had previous experience within a warehouse environment and he has also volunteered at a local charity shop.

During the course Michael demonstrated a range of positive skills and attributes. Michael’s attendance record over the 10-week programme was 97 per cent, thus highlighting his commitment and reliability. Michael is a highly motivated individual who successfully completed all aspects of the programme; this included an Employability Skills qualification and also a Level 2 Community Sports Leaders Award. Michael is extremely courteous and organised and he arrived on time every day and always had the necessary equipment required. Throughout the 10 weeks Michael demonstrated his flexibility by competently being able to work effectively both independently and within a team environment. Michael also provided valuable contributions to group discussions.

A requirement of the Community Sports Leaders Award included the completion of 10 hours of volunteering at a Fulham FC Foundation holiday course. Michael thoroughly enjoyed this experience and has gone above and beyond by continuing to volunteer every Saturday morning at a disability coaching session; Active Autism.

Michael took full advantage of all the opportunities available to him during the course. One of the most noticeable was having the chance to be mentored by a member of staff from Fulham FC. Michael’s relationship with his mentor has been a great success since the initial meeting at the mentor evening. Michael has received some great professional advice from his mentor including how to structure a cover letter and also tips on enhancing his CV. Michael has met face to face with his mentor on a few occasions and has regular contact via email.

Finally, Michael was one of two participants selected to complete a four week internship with the Surrey FA. This is a great achievement for Michael as there were 25 candidates hoping to be chosen.