What we've been up to this month:

We’ve been tracking the long term impact of our programmes and the effect they’ve had on the lives of the young people we work with. We caught up with 19 year old Frederico Lucas, who was among our first participants on our BE Positive TEENS Programme back in 2012.

Frederico lives with his family in Soho, Birmingham. Soho is in the top 5% most deprived wards in England and Wales.

“There was never much for young people to do around our area, so it was easy to just hang around and get up to no good. When Sport 4 Life started to run free sports sessions in the local park, it gave us something to do.

Following his engagement in sports sessions, Frederico went onto join the TEENS programme. Here he gained their first accredited qualifications, developed life skills, and attended skills workshops supporting them to stay in education.

“I always found school tough, but when I gained my Sports Leaders qualification I knew that I could achieve something in school.”

After the programme finished, Sport 4 Life kept in touch with Frederico through one-to-one-mentoring, football sessions, and further leadership qualifications.

“Even though the programme was over, the mentors took an interest in how we were getting and helped us when we needed it.”

Frederico is now in college studying sport and has ambitions of working in football. He is an active member in his local community, volunteering at his local church.

 “Looking back, I’m really glad I joined Sport 4 Life, they have supported me a lot with my confidence and communication. I owe them a lot for getting me to where I am today”