Sport 4 Life Mentors

Sport 4 Life UK’s qualified mentors will work with young people on a one-to-one basis to provide support, assistance, encouragement and inspiration during and following our programmes.

All our mentors work with young people to accurately assess their needs, develop a clear action plan and ultimately support them to progress into education, employment or training.

ALL THAT WE DO IS FOCUSED ON CHANGING THE LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

Jeni Bennett

I’m Jeni and I’m the Mentoring Project Manager. My role is managing a team of mentors, supporting them to deliver their job as well as working with the senior leadership team to fulfil our action plan. I joined after applying for a team leader role with NCS and was offered the opportunity to become a mentor. I wanted to join Sport 4 Life because I love the work that takes place with the young people we support and the outcomes into sustainable employability, education or training.

I’d say that what I enjoy most about my work here is that every day is different and we have an amazing team! No two days are ever the same as a Mentor Project Manager. One day I could be in school talking to a Pastoral Care Manager or with the coaches at the job centre or parents of a young person in need of well-being, criminal intervention or career aspirational support.

I would never forget the day I got my first young person a job.

Lincoln Shaw

Hi, I’m Lincoln and I joined Sport 4 Life around two years ago, coming from a similar role at The Prince’s Trust. I wanted to join Sport 4 Life because I liked the idea of using sport as motivational tool to help people improve their employability skills.

What I enjoy the most about my work here is the closeness of the team, specifically how we support each other. I enjoy the times when we get to work with other team members, like the Training team or NCS, it’s always fun to see how other people work. I’m motivated to help people reach their potential so that everyone can contribute to society. I think the complex problems faced by inner city areas can be tackled by greater employment and people learning to take responsibility for their actions.

Most of the time when I work with young people I provide support with CV’s and applications, pep talks and interview preparation. The people we work with are all different, thus, require bespoke support to bring out their best.

An interesting fact about me is that I used to be part of a comedy duo. We produced a number of satirical instructional videos called ‘The Gentleman’s Lounge’.

Hannah Kaur

Hi there! I’m Hannah and I was first introduced to Sport 4 Life through a friend between 2008-2010. I volunteered at sports sessions whilst I attended college to build my CV. In 2017, I reached out to Sport 4 Life to do my Criminology placement for University which ended in April 2018. I was then employed as project assistant across two areas, sports and mentoring, that then led to my current full-time mentoring role.

I wanted to join the organisation because I wanted to make a difference and have a positive impact on young people who need support. Seeing Sport 4 Life do this with my own eyes during volunteering and completing my placement, it was the right thing to do. What I enjoy most about my work here is acting on our values as an organisation and our strong team dynamics.

Seeing how far I’ve come personally and professionally moves and excites me for what’s coming next…the world is my oyster (vegan oysters)!

Here are a few interesting facts about me:

– I went to University without realising or knowing what University actually was (in London)
– Night times are my favourite time of the day (crystals and full moons)
– I had the opportunity to watch Arsenal vs Napoli, front row seats, in the Europa League quarter-final in 2019

Don Graham

Hey everyone, I’m Don. I joined Sport 4 Life in May 2019. I felt there was no competition once I was offered the place at Sport 4 Life.

Two things here I enjoy most, firstly the incredible support, understanding and genuine friendship of the whole team at Sport 4 Life and secondly when I receive feedback from a young person I’ve been able to support thanking us for what we did for them.

My particular field of work is generally with the young people who are age sixteen and above and not in employment, education or training. The work is bespoke and supports young people by helping them develop their sense of motivation, self-esteem and sometimes team, communication and behaviour skills as well. It could involve referring them to various work or training options as well as working with them on CV development and job searching.

My dream is to work and live in a world where there are no more wars. An interesting fact about me is that I performed in a male voice chorus at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Jevaughni Robinson

Hello there! I’m Jevaughni and I joined Sport 4 Life at the end of January 2022. My journey within the sporting field started back in 2018 when I joined the coach program at sport Birmingham, during that time I won ‘Graduate of the year’. During my time at sport Birmingham, I met and deliver a sporting session in front of the duke and duchess of Cambridge.

I joined Sport 4 Life because I believe in the organisation’s mission and vision, I can add something special to this amazing organisation. I have been working with young people for the past 4 or 5 years within the schools and the community.

One thing that motivates me to work with young people is to help them see their true potential because I believe today’s young people are our kings and queen for the future.

Daniel McCalla

Hi, I’m Daniel and I joined Sport 4 Life in March, 2022. I have previously been a under 13’s and 14’s football team manager/coach for a Sunday League youth team. During my time as the manager, I also took on a mentoring role with the players, helping and advising them about making the right decisions for themselves outside of football.

I joined Sport 4 Life as they have values that I fully believe in and I want to be a part of helping the organisation grow. Sport 4 Life has a vision for young people and going above and beyond to help them is what I am all about. What motivates me to work with young people is getting them to unlock their true potential and to realise that they can be anything they choose to be if they put in the hard work.

Working as part of a team is a big thing for me and I always contribute and help my colleagues whenever I am needed. I have always said that teamwork makes the dream work and if you have a good, friendly strong team, you can accomplish many things together.

Stuart Yeates

Hi, I’m Stuart and I started working with Sport 4 Life in January 2020. I have been working as a counsellor since 2014, I graduated from university and started counselling during my studies. I took an interest in mental health due to my own concerns and finding the experience of therapy really profound and powerful.

What I enjoy most about Sport 4 Life is the people I work with and also the young people I support. It’s always exciting to see them have their own breakthroughs and build a trusting and supportive relationship with them. Knowing that the support we provide can help shape and change the lives of the young people we are involved with motivates me a lot. Being a positive influence.

Mental health is nothing to be ashamed of, in fact the more openly we talk about concerns we have, the less likely we are to suffer from them.