Ross Goodwin, from Blackpool, was unemployed in 2014, which contributed to a lack of confidence. He reached out to The Prince’s Trust for support after seeing a poster in his local Job Centre.
This was a positive step for Ross, aged 20 at the time, who was also struggling to read in secret and was teaching himself from YouTube videos.
However, six years on, and life has changed a lot for Ross. He now runs his own judo club and fitness business, alongside being named Area and Regional Coach of the Year 2019 – even training current national and potential Paralympic and Olympic champions.
“One of the course sessions was held at a YMCA and I managed to start volunteering there afterwards. I then went to part-time employment and full-time employment with them, taking full advantage of any potential opportunity I could get.
With my newfound confidence, I decided to launch my own judo club Keidokwai Judo Club St Annes, which sees people of all abilities learn skills and has even been named Community Sports Club of the Year 2018.
“I also run a fitness business called Goodwin Fit and have been training as a professional wrestler, alongside being fortunate enough to have become billed as the company’s ‘fastest rising star’, which includes multiple main events and appearances on TV.
“A big part of my wrestling persona, Rossy Rascal, is about being a good role model to young people, providing hope and inspiration whenever I can.
“I contacted The Trust recently as I still think about the support I received to this day, and how grateful I am. To any young individual, who may be lost like I was, you should make contact and seek support from The Trust. Never wait for opportunity. Create it!”