Efaz M Ahmed, 26, from Leicester, got kicked out of school at 13 and left with no GCSE’s.

His teacher told him that he was useless and wouldn’t get anywhere in life. He became embroiled in violence and street crime and started DJ’ing in the most dangerous and violent nightclubs in the U.K. 

Efaz’s life came crashing down when he was forced to undergo major eye surgery. He lost 90% of his vision and almost lost his life twice. He suffered from severe depression, developed a heart condition, lost all confidence and gave up on himself. His best friends father passed away and a few months later his granddad also died. 

After being told he could never play football again, Efaz took four of his cousins to the local astro-turf grounds for a kick about and saw himself as a mentor to them. 

Efaz started The Prince’s Trust Get Started with Football programme and took advantage of all this course had to offer, gaining youth work and coaching qualifications and securing work at Leicester City Football Club.

When his informal sessions resumed many young people joined him. Efaz saw the potential for his own social enterprise and returned to The Enterprise programme, which helps unemployed young people start up in business. With a start-up grant, he sustained (NEBA Football), a development academy which provides opportunities for people in the community using sports as its core platform.

Efaz, is now a very active Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador, delivering workshops, sitting on boards, raising awareness of The Trust’s work and influencing decision makers and donors. He has also been involved with the Talent Match, which works with The Prince’s Trust to tackle youth unemployment in some of the poorest communities in the UK.