Alan Maphosa, is 27 and came to the UK as a refugee from South Africa aged 17, following concerns for his safety when there were many attacks happening in the community (Alan and his family were originally from Zimbabwe). He was then in care until the age of 21 when he was referred to YMCA Hayes as a resident.
Over the last 18 months Alan has gone from a resident to completing the Get on Track course, then volunteering, to working as bank staff, an unqualified youth worker, an apprentice youth worker and now a qualified youth worker.
Alan has also worked hard to qualify as a boxing tutor and football coach with the support of YMCA. He is now the lead on four football projects, three boxing projects and two youth work projects across three London boroughs.
Alan is well known in the local community in Hayes, West London, especially with the parents and children from his under-16s football project which has a core attendance of approximately 50 children.
Alan has been pivotal in engaging with young people from the community who are involved in the local gang culture and works with the police to achieve many positive outcomes for these young men.
Alan recently ruptured his Achilles tendon and had his leg in a plaster cast, but insisted on buying himself a portable chair to come to the football sessions so as not to lose contact/engagement with the children and young people.
Alan is also involved in many community events and leads on yearly YMCA events at the Hayes Town Cup football tournament and the YMCA annual Community fun day.
Alan is a great example to all young people that we work with, going above and beyond to achieve positive outcomes for all children and young people.