At the beginning of his final year at Shrewsbury Academy, Geoff was identified as being an ideal candidate to benefit from one-to-one support due to his initial lack of engagement, enthusiasm and his disruptive behaviour. Since September 2018, Nigel has been working with Geoff weekly to discuss Geoff’s barriers to learning and help inspire him.
Since Nigel started mentoring Geoff, his school noted that he started to take ownership over his own learning, shown through him taking it upon himself to visit Nigel during lunch and break to give updates on how his day was going and has also began to help out with lunchtime activities for younger year groups. As a reward for his hard-work and changing attitude towards learning, Geoff was invited to a few Shrewsbury Town home games at the end of the season where he was able to shadow members of the matchday staff, helping to deliver tours of the stadium and other pre-match activities to show him what working opportunities are available within a football club and give him an idea of where his hard work could end up.
When Geoff returned to school following the Easter break, he was taken off report for the first time, demonstrating the progress he has made and the difference the mentoring has had.
Geoff is now attending Shrewsbury College continuing his studies in sport. In addition to this he is our Matchday Ball Retriever coordinator as part of our Volunteer Academy, helping to organise the ball retrievers and look after them during Shrewsbury Town home games.