Nearly 15 years ago, Malcolm McArevey, having been in and out of care since aged 7, was a troubled teenager and expelled from his Telford school. His friends were regularly getting into trouble, he didn’t enjoy school and there was no dream he could see in his future.
A move to Birmingham and a chance bus journey that passed by Bournville College, changed his life and gave him direction, to not only lift himself out of an undesirable situation, but to subsequently go on to help many hundreds of other teenagers from similar backgrounds.
When Malcolm saw Bournville College, he got off the bus at the next stop and came in to investigate what was on offer. His love of football saw him sign-up for a two-year sports course, which back in 2006 also included the ability to train to become a Football Association (FA) coach.
Steve Ellis became his tutor and mentor. “Steve is the reason I am where I am now.” Explained Malcom. “He was consistent and a constant in my life; just what I needed to get my life back on track.”
After completing the course with flying colours, Malcolm then succeeded in getting a role with Sport4Life Birmingham. Sport4Life UK gives young people the life skills needed to move into education, training and employment through sports‑themed personal development services. After nearly a year of coaching young people from a similar background, Malcolm then set-up Second Chance, a community sports project, which was given funds from a police community pot and ran until 2015.
In 2015, he set-up Inspiring the Young, with business partner Jack Hughes, based at the Goals Soccer Centre in Star City. Since its creation, Malcolm and Jack have helped several hundred young people, using the power of sport to repair and rebuild broken lives, just like tutor Steve Ellis did all those years ago.
Malcolm added, “"I wanted to have a group of young people here and support them into something that had the positive support network around them, it's safe, and it will always support their needs."
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