I first started volunteering as a football coach when I was 10 and still coach football and badminton every week. I think free access to sport is so important for young people from deprived areas. It improves their fitness and self-esteem, and builds community spirit.
As well as my coaching work, I’ve recently developed an interactive workshop called ‘Getting the Message Across’ to warn young people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. More than 2,500 secondary school pupils in Glasgow have now taken part.
It’s particularly rewarding to see that the workshop is also having a ripple effect on participants’ friends and families.