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Case Studies

Mohammed's Story

Arriving every Tuesday with his head lowered and shoulders slumped, Mohammed looked like he had a weight on his mind. Mohammed spoke about how he was unable to buy new football boots and how he did not come from an affluent socio-economic community. Immigrating from Ethiopia through France he shared how people like him were not respected in Europe. Clearly affected by racial inequality, bullying and academic struggles at school, this seemed a safe space for him to bring his thoughts. At times quiet and timid, Mohammed really appreciated the football drills and he felt included. He often remarked how he wanted to improve his shooting ability, but this felt only secondary to the benefits he was having from the social and therapeutic process.

Mohammed looked forward to the match against another school and he was happy to be travelling to a new part of London he had not yet explored. Feedback from his school head of year shared that “Mohammed talks highly of the group and is sure that it has helped him become more confident socially, more integrated in school life. Before he seemed more of an outcast. He now has an established group of friends”. Mohammed warmed to the adults and also built a good bond with other young people in the group. Although he felt sad that the group was finishing, towards the end, it was clear that Mohammed’s head was now held high, and he started walking around with a newfound vibrant yet humble confidence.

Learn more about how our Sport & Thought program supports young people who might find it difficult to engage in traditional talking therapies.

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