Posted on: Wednesday 16th March 2016
D, aged 25, heard about the Gateway to Employment Programme through his Social Worker. He attended an open day at Celtic Park and couldn’t believe that he got to walk in through the front doors. Before he got involved with Celtic FC Foundation, D’s parents had passed away. He began drinking frequently, getting into trouble with the police and had been in and out of prison.
“I had been doing nothing with my time [but] drinking and sitting about the house, or walking the streets. I had no motivation in my life.”
D joined Celtic FC Foundation’s Gateway to Employability programme in 2015. The elements he most enjoyed were the fire fighter taster days and physical activities. He felt that the programme helped to improve his confidence and fitness levels. D also felt that the programme helped him to get into a routine and gave him something to look forward to.
D is now working with pupils in a local high school, delivering sports and nutrition sessions.
“In my home life I have been getting so many compliments about how well I have done that it makes me feel amazing.”