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Chris Hurst – Talent Match (Greater Sport Manchester)

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Six months ago Chris had hit rock bottom, he had no motivation or aspirations to work and found himself isolating himself from family and friends. He said, "I would get so far then just give up and go back to my old ways.”

Chris heard about Dame Kelly Holmes Get On Track programme run by Link4Life and GreaterSport and did something that he’d never done before - took the initiative to sign up.

Throughout his 8 weeks on the programme Chris gained confidence by being challenged physically and socially, whilst gaining employability skills and a Sports Leadership Award. GreaterSport’s Talent Coach saw Chris as an ideal young person for Greater Manchester Talent Match, a programme designed to support young people not in employment or education gain employment.

GreaterSport helped Chris to gain a Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification and he’s now working as a cleaner at a leisure centre whilst completing his 6 weeks of work experience as a fitness instructor.

When asked where he sees himself in 5 years he said; "I’d like to have completed a L3 Personal Qualification and maybe travel the world working as a Personal Trainer helping people change their lives by keeping fit.”

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