We would like to introduce you to Alvin, he is a young person who has just finished the Kickstarter program with The Harlequins Foundation.
If you are wondering what the Kickstarter program is, then read on – Alvin is going to tell you in his own words.
“The program is made to help young workers that don’t have a coaching background, or have basic experience get into a professional environment, to gain experience, and hopefully open up a career path for them. I think it is very good, it has helped me a lot.
The Harlequins Foundation have enabled me to get qualifications, on top of some I already had, and have helped make sure I am ready for a professional environment.
I am very grateful for being on this program.”
How did you find out about the Kickstarter program?
“I found out about the Kickstarter program through Universal Credit. The coach I was working with gave me the poster and put me in touch with Andy at the Foundation. The deadline had already passed, but my case worker had a word with Andy, and I was lucky to get an interview with the team. Luckily, I was successful, and they invited me to join the program.
From when I left school, I always wanted to do something with football, that was my main goal. We had a careers person come into school and she told me to think about my options in case football didn’t work out. She said why don’t you think about doing sports at college?
I was working in schools as a volunteer coach and I loved it, seeing the kids’ progression and enjoyment is what it is really about as a coach, so I thought it was a good idea.
I remember when I first started on the program, Andy (Foundation Manager) said what you put in, is what you get out – I had heard this before, but for some reason it stuck with me this time. Andy was like, what do you want at the end of this program? To be honest I wasn’t sure, I wanted to keep my options open and see what was the right one for me.
Being on the program has already changed my direction and opened a door for me. The Head Teacher at the school where I am based, suggested I apply for a Teaching Assistant job, and I got it and I start in September! Being a Teaching Assistant was not something I had thought about, but I know it is something I am going to enjoy. I will get to learn more about teaching, as well as being a coach, and get to work in different environments! It’s good as you get to see how kids work in different situations, not just in sports and this will help me to develop as a coach.
If I had not had this opportunity with the Harlequins Foundation, to be honest I just don’t know what I would be doing. I honestly don’t know where I would have gone – possibly working somewhere else as I was looking at other options. But the thing is, when I was applying, I wasn’t really getting any responses.”
For more information about the Kickstarter program contact one of our team today – Foundation@nullquins.co.uk