Top Award For Young Achiever
Emma Ramshaw, a graduate of Get Started with Football, has scooped a Prince’s Trust Young Achiever Award.
Emma was presented with the Samsung Young Achiever of the Year award at the Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success ceremony. The awards recognise the success of young people getting into employment, training or education and overcoming substantial barriers to transform their lives and are now giving back to their local community.
Admitted to hospital 200 times in six years, Emma frequently self-harmed. Growing up, her life was very unstable and she had developed borderline personality disorder.
Emma was at rock bottom when she joined the Prince’s Trust Team Programme. Despite having panic attacks on the first day, she was determined to see it through. She pushed herself in every activity – from zip lining and completing her work placement to visiting a children’s ward dressed as Santa.
Next, she enrolled on the Fairbridge programme, Get Started with Football and Get Started with Dance. She has began a college course in health and social care and regularly returns to Team to speak about self-harm, all while being a mentor at National Citizen Service. Emma now plans to study integrational youth services at university.
“I have a sense of purpose and something worth fighting for,” she says.
Get Started with Football gives young people who are out of work a chance to get real life work experience, develop new skills and confidence. Topics covered included first aid, safeguarding children and young people and how to plan, prepare and deliver coaching sessions. To get on the next course email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year The Prince’s Trust, the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) renewed their partnership, linking up with football clubs across the country to provide extra, ongoing support for young people in their local areas.