Since taking part the Waterlees ‘Your Sport’ project, Sean has been given the opportunity to not only keep fit but to develop his football coaching skills to help with his future career goal of becoming a sports coach.
"I first heard about the 'Your Sport' project when I attended football sessions at my local AstroTurf pitch. I’ve always had an interest in sports, but mainly football, so that was my main motivation for wanting to get involved.
"Before I attended the first session I felt a little nervous, but my parents encouraged me to go along. Since I’ve taken part in the sessions I definitely feel like my confidence is improving when it comes to talking to groups of people.
"Alongside the 'Your Sport' sessions on a Thursday I also play for an under 16s football team on a Sunday and we train on a Wednesday so I’ve been keeping nice and busy!
"I felt really proud and honoured when I was chosen to be the 'Your Sport' Champion. It’s given me the opportunity to share my experiences and knowledge as well as the chance to continue to learn and progress from more experienced coaches and other people taking part.
"I want to do my Level 2 Sport (Football Development) at college later this year, so this opportunity to coach will help me as I eventually want to work in sports and football coaching as a career.
"Everyone who has helped me along the way has been fantastic. I’m grateful that they have spotted me as a good 'Your Sport' Champion candidate and I hope to do everyone proud."
The Sport England Community Activity Grant programme has opened the doors for people to get involved in local sports activities in their local community.
For more information about the Community Activity Grant programme, please visit - https://www.groundwork.org.uk/community-activity-grant-programme