Tunde and Gavin joined our Young Leader programme aged 12. Both were extremely shy and lacked confidence before starting the programme.

After several weeks of training, they experienced a SportInspired festival where they were able to put the communication and leadership skills they had learnt into practice. Tunde adapted his approach to engage every child in his team and Gavin learned how to communicate with different groups such as teachers, children, volunteers and parents.

Their experience of leading a festival inspired them to search for more opportunities to build their skills and help them in the future.

Tunde and Gavin with teacher Carol.​

They now help to run school sports days during the summer holidays, and they believe that the skills they acquired on the Young Leader programme equipped them to be inspirational leaders.

Four years after starting the programme they have recently raised over £2,000 to help homeless young people, something they are both passionate about.

With their GCSE's approaching, both are now looking to the future. Gavin wants to be a civil engineer, and Tunde a physiotherapist.

Both say that the skills they have learnt through the programme will help them in their future careers as they now feel confident to talk to anyone they meet in life.