Hit The Top Futures
In 2015 Hit the Top Futures mentored 18 young adults with a disability not in employment, education or training (NEET), building their employability skills through sport. 89% are now in employment or further education.
Daniel, age 21
‘I came to The Change Foundation on work experience from my school and from there I learned about all the programmes they offer and got involved in Hit the Top as a participant. The coaches said I had potential as a player and I got involved in volunteering and coaching.
Cricket drew me to it, I played mainstream cricket since the age of 10, it was my passion and through the links I made through the charity I was able to fulfil my passion. My coaches were a big inspiration, they believed in me, they understood me and understood my disability. They always believed that I could do anything if I just went for it.
I’m more independent now and confident around people. I’m a bit more reliable with times and my independent travel is a lot better. I seem to have made friends pretty quickly in the staff team while doing my apprenticeship in sport for development with The Change Foundation which is increasing my knowledge. It was awesome being recognised as Hit the Top Coach of the year in 2015 for the work I do with kids with disabilities in Sutton. I want to encourage the kids to try new things and be more independent and take opportunities.
In 2017 we have a big tour with the England Learning Disability Cricket team against South Africa and Australia here at home in England. It will mean the world to me to play in front of my family, my work mates and my friends. Hopefully we can build this version of the game, and get more people down to see it and become role models to other young people.’