“I got involved with AIR Sports Network in May 2014 and haven't looked back since, before that I’d been in and out of prison and had run about with the wrong crowd. Looking back now I realise I’d been pretty selfish, I had no interest in anyone else, didn't think or care about the community or system.
The weird thing was I had reached a stage where I knew I had to change my life or it never would change, but I wasn't in a good place to make it happen, I don't think I was ready.
I was referred to AIR through Probation and since I started I've been involved in loads of great stuff, football, personal training, mentoring, personal development and education. A year ago I’d never have seen myself doing any of this let alone being the person I am now. The main difference between AIR and others I’ve tried is the real interest I feel the staff have in me as a person, I don't feel like a number or just part of big group of players, I feel like an individual. AIR has shown that they care and that I matter.
The gym and mentoring have been great for me, being able to do something I enjoy thats also good for me is a big bonus. AIR have really helped me come out of my shell and interact with others in a better way, I'm also fitter and a lot more positive about the future.
Since I started I've had help with a CSCS course, got involved with Groundworks, reduced my smoking and I'm now in a good place to really make a go of the future. I want to get a job and I feel good about getting one now and after that I want to get involved in the mentoring programme as a mentor, helping others at AIR who are where I was and need the help I got from AIR. I’d definitely recommend AIR, it’s fun, you’ll be with positive, caring staff and you’ll get something good out of it, I know I have…