Thursday 15th January 2015
Following on from a previous case study on Harley, he has learnt to control his emotions and take a lot more time and consideration when involved in sports and football and with decisions that involve disagreements or when results weren’t going his way.
Coaches have said that he has shown great continued maturity. Following on from the Thursday evening football sessions at Hawksmoor Youth Club in Thamesmead, Harley and some other members of the Youth Club (Derron Shrouder and Lucky Ojih) signed up for the Greenwich Summer Invitational Football Tournament. This is a 5 aside league and knock out football tournament with teams signing up and competing against each other from different towns and areas in the Royal Greenwich Borough, such as Woolwich, Abbey Wood and Thamesmead.
Harley explained that he played in goal for the tournament, (not his usual position) but he did a great job and kept 10 clean sheets out of 11 games only letting one goal in.
He said, “It was really fun and enjoyable to play in the tournament and I found it interesting to see other team’s chemistry with each other and how they played. Because we play together at Hawksmoor a lot we know how each other play and work well and that was the same for some of the other teams, but some teams were more individuals and did it only for themselves”.
Harley continued, “There was a really good harmony in the team, we all know each other well and can fall out over football but it helped that we were winning and working hard for each other so everyone helped and supported each other to make sure we got as far as we could”.
Despite the boys from Hawksmoor putting in a fantastic effort and commitment they unfortunately went out after qualifying past the first league stage but did themselves very proud. Harley has come a long way and has improved his attitude and maturity from earlier sessions and we have taken time at intervals to talk about controlling anger and emotions and methods on how to do this effectively.
Talking about the future and school, Harley has mentioned that he would like to go into Youth Work and has previously in the past volunteered with some transition session trips and summer projects and has been very helpful set of hands in Hawksmoor Youth Club with setting up and helping tidy and put away with sports sessions and in the kitchen cooking with David Martin.
Harley is attending a Youth Work level 1 Unit held at Woolwich Youth Club during October Half term.
Harley continues to improve with his good attitude at the football sessions and we wish him the best of luck with his Youth Work Level 1 Unit.