Leaving school at 16 with few GCSE’s and limited options, Montell was put in touch with 2nd Chance where he joined the Coachmakers programme in September 2012. Montell was attracted to the course because he enjoyed being active and knew he wanted a career in coaching sport.

Montell decided he wanted his work experience part of the programme to be in a sports development setting. There he undertook a range of tasks from supporting community sports sessions, working within a gym environment to the delivery of local sports events.

Montell’s confidence and leadership skills improved and it didn't take long before he was leading sessions and presenting in front of small groups. The ongoing training and support continued to help Montell who then progressed on to an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership with one of our partners Access Sport. montell in sports hall-resized 560

At Access Sport Montell impressed them so much that he became an advisor working with a range of amateur sports clubs on behalf of Access Sport advising them on the development of, and barriers to participation for young people living in areas of deprivation.

Montell successfully completed his apprenticeship and found employment with Bristol City council as a sports coach.

Recognised for his amazing journey and achievements, Montell became a young advisor for StreetGames and helped to plan a National Youth Conference and compere a Youth Awards ceremony in Manchester!

Montell said:

It was the scariest but the most rewarding experience of my life. It helped me overcome my fear of public speaking and I’m quite the speaker now. I also got to meet an Olympian and other celebrities which was brilliant.

Montell also feels proud that the local projects he worked on really made a difference to the community and to the young people’s lives. Many of the young people Montell coached now play for football teams, and he feels he has been a positive role model for them.

The future is looks bright for Montell. After his apprenticeship Montell studied towards a Btec Sport Level 3 in Coaching Excellence and Pathway at SGS College. This allowed him to progress on to Gloucestershire University where he is following his dream of becoming a PE teacher. We recently caught up with Montell who said:

I didn’t go through my education the orthodox way, but it’s proven more effective doing it this way for me and I’ve learned so much along the way.