Street League help to change lives through football
TONY Pulis made an inspirational visit to a group of young adults who are searching for a fresh start in life in Birmingham yesterday.
Albion’s Head Coach helped launch “Street League” in Birmingham, a national charity funded by Premier League sponsors Barclays and Comic Relief to use football’s power to help youngsters fighting to make their way in life.
Pulis held the youngsters spellbound as he offered insights and advice from his own career – with a resounding message at the core of his address.
“You are going to get knock backs – we all get them. But no matter how many times you get a setback, it is always about how you respond,” said Pulis.
“It’s what we tell the players. It’s not how you fall, it’s how you bounce back that counts. The fact that you’re here proves that you are determined to make your way in life and that’s great.”
Pulis also spent time watching the youngsters enjoy a football session at Birmingham University’s Doug Ellis Sports Centre where Street League has been launched to attract and engage 16 to 24-year-olds who are not in employment, education or training.
The young people participate in a 10-week Academy programme which combines employability skills – such as teamwork, communication and motivation – and football sessions.
They also learn to build their CV, undergo mock interviews with volunteer staff from the charity’s corporate partners and acquire key skills such as functional skills Maths and English.
After the programme, graduates then move into work placement opportunities with companies brokered by Street League.
And Pulis thoroughly enjoyed the session saying: “They’re good lads who want to get on. I consider myself very fortunate in my life and we all need a bit of luck as I told them.
“If you get it, and you get the chance to put something back, then you have to take it.”