From volunteering in a local club to a basketball scholarship in the US, Precious explains how volunteering has helped her stay focused on her goals.

Precious volunteered with our partner Disability Sports Coach during her time on The Challenge’s HeadStart programme. Disability Sports Coach provides award-winning sport and physical activity opportunities for disabled people

Lauren Mawdsley, Club Development Officer, had glowing praise for Precious and the impact she made during her time volunteering with them. 

Lauren said: "Precious joined us through the HeadStart programme due to having a common interest with us... sport! Excelling in basketball, Precious passed her expertise onto our members at Club Islington and the coaches at the club were able to support and guide Precious when it came to delivering sports at a grassroots level.

“Precious is a great role model for our members and shows that with self-confidence and dedication you can achieve your goals in sport even at an elite level. Not only is she representing our country, she is now undergoing a process to get a scholarship playing basketball in America. The importance of sport is truly reflected within Precious’ life, just like many of our members, coaches and volunteers. Sport can be enjoyed in a number of ways just as Precious has shown.

“We wish Precious every bit of luck in her basketball career and her American scholarship application!"

Our HeadStart programme gets young people volunteering in their local community so that they meet and mix with people from all walks of life. It inspires young people to volunteer by guaranteeing everyone who does 16 hours or more an interview for a part-time job.

Precious explained she gained more than she expected helping at Club Islington. She said: “It felt as if I was unlocking a new skill each time I went to the session. Volunteering in a sporting environment helped me to advance my skills not only for sports but for skills I might need in my day-to-day life.”

Find out more about the HeadStart programme and go to the Disability Sports Coach website to read the original story and read more about the organisation’s brilliant work.