Coach Ashley turns his life around to win award

Ashley Allot and Stave McLaren
Ashley Allot and Stave McLaren
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NOT so long ago this young man was in a bit of a state - but now he’s doing so well he’s off to the States.

Ashley Allot, aged 17, has turned his life around with help from youth charity The Prince’s Trust.

And he’s done so well he’s been nominated for a prestigious Royal award and will fly out to America next year to coach young footballers.

Ashley, from Norton, is in line for the Aagrah Breakthrough Award at The Prince’s Trust and L’Oréal Paris Celebrate Success Awards to be held later this month.

It’s a remarkable achivement for a lad who had a tough upbringing.

His father died in 2001 when he was just seven, he had a difficult relationship with his mother and was bullied at school.

He left home because of his family problems and lived with relatives.

Despite that, he managed to achieve nine GCSEs.

But he found it hard living with his grandparents and ended up living in a hostel for the homeless.

Out of work for three months, the lad felt that he had no direction but then he heard about The Prince’s Trust’s Team programme and enrolled on a 12-week personal development course.

The training helped to increase his self-esteem and gave him new hope. He was inspired enough to try another trust course - Get Started with Football.

He learned how to coach others, which built up his confidence, teamwork and leadership skills.

He has a much sought-after place on Sheffield Wednesday FC’s coaching course and now he is planning a trip to the US next summer.

Ashley said if he hadn’t become involved with The Prince’s Trust he would still be homeless with no direction

He said: “The Prince’s Trust gave me the confidence to grab life with both hands.

“I felt worthless before I came to The Trust, now I feel I really can achieve my goals.”