Bobbi who is from Leigh Park first became involved in Active Communities Network in the summer 2015 when she was 21 years of age. Bobbi was not in Education, Employment or Training and was experiencing some challenges in her personal life resulting in low confidence and increasing risk-taking behaviors including, substance misuse.
A keen footballer and amateur boxer during her youth, Bobbi had originally undertaken a football scholarship in the USA but this was cut short when the club folded and returned to the UK in the Spring of 2015 with low self-esteem and lack of direction.
Bobbi was identified to us through the local boxing club and originally volunteered on our Boxing Awards sessions and quickly showed a passion and commitment to supporting young people.
Bobbi was offered the chance to attend a GB Boxing Tutor course through Active Communities Network and as a result this enabled her to gain an income through the delivery of boxing sessions around Havant.
It was quickly evident that Bobbi had huge potential as a youth worker, exhibiting key skills such as empathy, patience and an ability to build positive relationships with young people.
Bobbi was supported to increase her knowledge and understanding of the protective factors required when working in this environment and undertook training, including Safeguarding & Child Protection, Sex and Relationships Tier 1& 2 and awareness courses covering, substance misuse, Domestic violence and Child Sexual Exploitation.
Bobbi quickly gained confidence and leadership skills and she has since progressed to support and lead on our community multi sport delivery provision and become a vital member of this small team operating in Leigh Park.
Bobbi has also played a vital role in a number of specialist projects which has supported young people within schools and the community to be better educated, aware and to have a voice regarding matters that affect them including, Domestic Violence and Child Sexual Exploitation.
Bobbi has successfully applied to a local University to study Physical Education and Sports Coaching Degree from September 2016 and will continue to work with ACN gaining more experience and widening her opportunities in Sport for Development, Youth Work and Teaching.