Everton midfielder, and Prince’s Trust Ambassador, Leon Osman has presented the charity’s 25,000thqualification to a young woman from Bootle.
Elly Bryson, 21, became the 25,000th young person to achieve a qualification on the charity’s Team programme, and was presented with her certificate by the Blues stalwart at Finch Farm last week.
The programme, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer, has supported more than 187,000 young people since it launched in 1990.Supported by Barclays, the initiative is a 12 week personal development course which gives disadvantaged young people the skills and confidence to find work through teamwork in the community.
Elly finished her studies at college in 2012 but suffering from mental health problems, low confidence and self-esteem, she faced an uncertain future and struggled to find work. With little prospects, Elly felt frustrated and alone before being put in touch with the Prince’s Trust which helps unemployed young people gain the skills and confidence to find a job.
In the time since successfully completing the Team programme, Elly has gone from strength to strength and credits her time with the organisation as the reason for her surge in confidence, stating that she’d still be lacking direction if she hadn’t applied. She is now a volunteer for the project, which is run in Liverpool in partnership with Merseyside Fire and Rescue, and has become an inspiration to other young people.
Osman said: “I’m always keen to hear about the journeys young people have gone on having completed a programme with the Trust. It’s inspiring to hear how they’ve turned their lives around with support from programmes like Team so I’m thrilled to be able to present Elly with her certificate today. She is living proof that courses like these actually work.”
The qualification young people work towards on the Team programme is the Prince’s Trust Award which is nationally recognised by Ofqual, the qualification regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The certificate is made up of seven units, including teamwork, career planning and supporting others in the community. For many young people, this is the first accredited qualification they have ever achieved.
Since 1997, the Prince’s Trust Football initiative, supported by the Premier League and the PFA, has worked with over 40 Premier League and Football League Clubs, including Everton and its official charity, Everton in the Community, to help thousands of young people develop their confidence, motivation and team working skills through football. It also helps them gain new qualifications and move into work, training or education.
The Prince’s Trust is currently running a nationwide campaign – supported by Barclays – to celebrate 25 years of its flagship Team programme.
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