Cheltenham Town Community, Education and Sporting Trust has established a six week course for young people aged between 16 and 21 in order to help them improve and develop the vital skills which will assist them in attaining work or further education.

'Not in Education, Employment or Training' (NEETs) is held at the clubs 'Mira Lounge' within their Abbey Business Stadium at Whaddon Road. The course is supported and funded by the national initiative Sport Relief and developed by the club itself in association with Gloucestershire College.

Each of the six weeks is devoted to particular themes which include Team Building, Practice Interview Technique and Career Talks. There is also a consistent emphasis to help build participants' confidence in order to go out and confront the challenges the outside world presents.

Simon Perruzza, Community Programme Director said: "The whole project was a great success. Two of the young adults achieved full employment and five of them moved into further education in some form. These results are a testament to the effort and hard work that both the staff and attendees have put into the NEETs Project.

"We are now working with a second group of young people which goes to show that, given the opportunity, people can change their lives."

Neville Moore, 18, one of the young adults who took part in the Cheltenham Town NEETs Programme added: "The course really helped me to get my head down and work hard for what I want to do. I learnt to improve my time-keeping, work in a team environment and to not give up on the things I want to achieve.

"Cheltenham Town taught me that if you want something badly enough then you can achieve it by focussing and working hard."

Participants on the course were treated to a question and answer session with the club players which included the Robins Community Programme Ambassador Shane Duff.

For more information about NEETs and Cheltenham's other community work visit www.ctfccp.com

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