Street Elite class of 2012: Where are they now?
Our Street Elite programme was set up in 2011 to help transform the lives of disadvantaged young people and tackle the kind of disillusion which led to that summer’s riots across much of the country. The programme, supported by the Berkeley Foundation, uses the power of sport to inspire and support young people aged 16 – 24 back into education, employment or training.
The inaugural year focussed on 12 housing estates in six London boroughs. Of the 24 recruits, 19 completed the training programme before delivering coaching sessions in their local communities, including the summer Take Back The Streets festivals across London. Three of the recruits left the programme early as they found paid work, while two just felt Street Elite wasn’t for them.
We have seen young people develop from individuals with no direction, confidence, motivation or trust in people to becoming engaged, committed and inspiring. All of the Street Elite 2012 graduates are now back in education, employment or training, many within a sporting context having amassed 54 accredited qualifications between them.
Shaddai Olofinbinu (23) is employed by Cricket for Change as a cricket and rugby coach having delivered a Take Back The Streets festival at Wormwood Scrubs playing fields, less than a year after his release from the neighbouring prison. Recently awarded an apprenticeship at Berkeley Group’s Tower Bridge site.
Irfan Ayub (18) completed A-Levels and was awarded an apprenticeship at Berkeley Group’s Woodberry Down site.
Abdul Aziz Kanu (19) gained a voluntary job with Millwall FC. Currently trialling with Sunderland FC.
Alfie Austin (21) gained part-time employment in a youth club in Southwark.
Ali Sher Kayani (18) re-engaged with education, enrolling on a sports coaching course.
Gurjeet Singh (21) enrolled at college to become an electrical engineer.
Hassan Butt (17) re-engaged with education.
Isa Bangura (22) gained a part-time voluntary job with Millwall FC and awarded a placement at London advertising agency, VCCP.
Jean Bertrand (21) gained employment with a security company.
Bola Aromokun (26) employed as a part-time sports steward and setting up his own youth mentoring company.
Kemar Campbell (21) gained work at a marketing agency following work placement at the Berkeley Group and is considering further education.
Matt Hallums (20) studying catering and has a part time job in a youth club cafeteria.
Rahem Ali Khan (18) re-engaged with education, enrolling on a sports coaching course.
Sarlim Mohammed (18) re-engaged with education, enrolling on a sports coaching course.
Simon Grainger (23) gained full-time employment in the building trade.
Siobhan Hyton-Boyea (19) training and playing for AFC Wimbledon Ladies.
Sulieman Mirza (18) working as a coach and mentor with Cricket for Change.
Yusuf Odelana (18) re-engaged with education and supporting this via a Berkeley Group placement.
Lupini Kossa (18) re-engaged with education.
Akiem McCarthy (21) volunteering on a boxing programme in South London.
Kareem Ibrahim (22) completing qualifications as a gym instructor while employed on a part-time basis. Worked at the 2012 British Grand Prix.
Ethan Hart Badger (17) completed UKCC level 1 cricket coaching qualification and Rugby Ready course having demonstrated natural coaching skill.