Kieran Egan is our National HSBC Breakthrough Award winner 2019. This award recognises the progress of young people in overcoming barriers and developing new skills.
"I was homeless and had been unemployed for six months. I was arrested a few years earlier for football hooliganism and I believed this was deterring employers from giving me a chance which made me feel ashamed of my past.
“I was taking drugs and felt like I wasn’t ever going to get anywhere when I was also diagnosed with depression.
“I was referred on to The Prince’s Trust Team programme and it was here that things started to change.
"I felt motivated for the first time in years and put all of my energy into the programme. I made friends and improved my lifestyle choices and felt I had something to get up for every day.
“My passion for football led me to approach my local club for work experience which I was offered the chance to shadow the manager and given the responsibility of organising a charity football match raising over £3,000 which was an incredible achievement.
“I feel more confident and happier. I’ve also rebuilt the relationship with my mum and see her regularly now, which is great. My life is good.’
- Ian Stuart, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC UK