Sanctuary resident tastes the high life
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Education, Housing
A Hackney resident has kicked-off his career into the Premier League after becoming head football coach on a Sanctuary Housing community project.
Lloyd Boateng, who lives on Sanctuary’s Kingsmead Estate, is successfully overseeing the delivery of the Sanctuary in Sport project for young residents from the Hackney community.
The exciting project, delivered in partnership with Leyton Orient Football Club, provides the opportunity for local youngsters to take part in free football sessions under the guidance of qualified coaches.
The programme also gives participants the chance to improve their physical health and wellbeing, increase their confidence and self esteem, and move into educational and training opportunities.
Lloyd’s rise to the top started from the age of 18 when he began volunteering for Leyton Orient and completed a Football Association (FA) Level 1 Award in Coaching.
By 19, the Sanctuary resident was employed by the club as a part-time coach and has gone on to successfully complete a Level 2 Award in Coaching and Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course.
Such is the 24-year-old’s progress, he has also set-up his own business, Born 4 Sport, which works with five Hackney schools to deliver multi-sports sessions.
Lloyd said: “It has been fantastic to be able to give back to the same estate I grew up on all my life. Seeing this programme make a difference to these kids makes me very proud. Sanctuary in Sport has allowed me to realise a major achievement – becoming a head coach on a national football programme.
“I will be working really hard to continue the programme’s success through Leyton Orient FC’s community programme and through my own company into the future.”
Sanctuary in Sport is continuing for young Hackney residents, aged 8 to 15, on Sunday evenings from 5 – 6.30pm at Mabley Green.
The fun football workshops form part of the Group’s wider Sanctuary in Sport project which is seeing the delivery of a range of free activities to youngsters across the country, designed to encourage health and wellbeing and help keep communities active.