Thabo, 23, from Swansea, grew up hanging about the streets of Slough, with his hood pulled up.

Without formal qualifications, he lacked direction and unintentionally found himself involved with London gangs. 

Thabo became afraid for his life when his best friend was brutally stabbed and he knew he had to make a change. 

Leaving his entire family behind, Thabo headed to Swansea. Struggling to improve his life, he spent months unemployed and isolated. Inevitably, he became disillusioned.

Thabo’s local Jobcentre Plus introduced him to The Prince's Trust and he enrolled on a programme called Get Started with Football. The course is designed to help unemployed young people gain confidence and new skills.

Thabo threw himself into every aspect of the programme, absorbing all the information he could about football coaching. Encouraged by Swansea FC Community Trust trainers and The Trust, his confidence, self-esteem and employability skills improved dramatically, and Thabo saw his future as a football coach. 

This is when I realised that The Prince’s Trust had opened the door to the rest of my life and I just had to walk through it.

Thabo took up volunteering coaching roles at Swansea Academy, impressing so much with his enthusiasm and perseverance, he was taken under the wing of Head Coach, Roy Thomas. 

At the same time, he secured a permanent job in hospitality at The Liberty Stadium, where he is recognised as an extremely reliable and hard-working employee.

He was then offered part-time work as a community coach, training local children and young adults on the Swansea Kicks project which soon  became a full-time role.

Now a Young Ambassador for The Trust, Thabo lives independently in his own flat, and is optimistic about his future.

I really don’t know what would have happened if I hadn't gone on the programme. The Trust gave me a new outlook on life and it gave me the confidence, motivation and ambition to succeed.