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Lee makes a World of Difference

Your Game matches community groups working with 16-25 year-olds to funding, training and employment opportunities. It does this through community festivals and year round support.

YG 09 All Star Lee Park has been selected for Vodafone's World of Difference Work Placement scheme as one of 500 people to work for his favourite charity.

Lee Park
YG All Star Lee Park

Lee was nominated by Dom Weir, the Nacro Football Project Co-ordinator as a Your Game All Star and through this partnership Dom encouraged Lee to make his successful application to the Vodafone World of Difference Programme after learning about the initiative via the BBC Your Game team.

Lee has been involved with Nacro since attending local Community Football Sessions in 2007 and is now a committed and valued volunteer that gives back to his Community in Boscombe.

Through the Vodafone World of Difference Programme Lee will be working at AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust under the guidance of Steve Cuss. They are already a close partner of Nacro and were only too willing to give Lee this fantastic opportunity.

Dom Weir continues, "We are very proud of what Lee has achieved and how far he has come. It just shows that young people can turn their lives around and, given the chance, make positive contributions to their communities. Lee has shown commitment and passion and is an inspirational role model for other young people.

"He has such a great character, knowledge of self and empathy and desire to make a difference to young people from his community. I am really pleased that AFC Bournemouth have been able to provide Lee with this great opportunity to look at a career he really wants. His commitment as a Nacro Volunteer has been exceptional and he is a fantastic role model for his peers in the Boscombe area. Since being accepted as an All Star Lee has developed a new confidence and is busy planning how to maximise his two month placement and looking at funding to keep it going past the two months."

Lee, who will start his placement later this, added, "I'm delighted that I've been given this opportunity. I grew up on the Beaufort estates and there is nothing going on there. I still know young people from there and it's important for me to give something back to underserved communities and for young people to have someone to look up to and if I can be that person than that's great."



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