Recognition for young man’s fight back

By David Newble

Thursday, December 6, 2012

 

Recognition for young man’s fight back

Peter Head, from the Isle of Wight, who was runner-up in a Prince's Trust award

A YOUNG man from Ryde, who fought alcohol problems and homelessness and turned his life around thanks to The Prince’s Trust, has finished runner-up in a national award.

Peter Head, 25, was nominated for the Samsung Young Achiever of the Year Award at the Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton on Tuesday.

The award recognises inspiring young people who have overcome barriers to transform their lives.

Peter had endured bullying at school and found the classroom challenging. He left school with few qualifications but made it on to a Skills for Life programme at college, a Prince's Trust spokesman said.

But he struggled to find employment and later, surrounded by negative influences, a domestic dispute forced him out of his flat share and he slept rough during the winter.

He turned to alcohol and sank into depression but his life took a positive turn when he heard about the Prince’s Trust Get Started with Football programme, a course which helps jobless young people gain qualifications.

With dreams of a career in football, he set about gaining qualifications in coaching. He is now an FA level two qualified coach.

He has raised cash for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and received the Isle of Wight High Sheriff Award for his contribution to the community.

He said: "I love football and can now get paid for coaching. The Prince’s Trust course inspired me and my ambition one day is to start my own coaching business."

Speaking after Tuesday's ceremony he said: "It's an honour to finish runner-up for this award and I cannot thank the Prince's Trust enough.

"A few years ago I didn't have anywhere to live, but now I can see real future for myself."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Kevin Daniells

7th December 2012, at 09:05:00

Well done Peter. I agree with everything Mike has put. Life is all to difficult and sometimes it is easy to give in - HOWEVER, it is a damn sight harder to pull yourself back from the bring. WELL DONE

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by Mike Crowe

6th December 2012, at 16:34:45

Well done to Peter and the team from the Princes Trust. The Princes Trust is there to help and encourage, but the recipient MUSt be 100% switched on and prepared to work. It's not handed out on a plate to them, they have to knuckle down and make the effort.

Well done the team, but more, well done Peter.

Any 'youth' who wants a second chance and is prepared to tun over a new leaf and WORK under the guidance of a mentor, the first move is for YOU to get in touch with the Princes Trust. You can see what is possible..... go for it.

..................... yes I know a bit about the Princes Trust ;-) and have drawn this County Press article to the Island's Representative's attention. She is delighted.

YOU next? Up to you if you are under 31.

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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