Our impact Success stories Abdi gets into athletics Abdi left school with just a BTEC Sport qualification following his time in Fitzalan High School. He was studying a Level Two I.C.T course but quickly realised that he wanted to change his career path and start studying a sports course. "I met with one of my local youth workers and he sat me down and asked me what I wanted to do with my life – I really enjoyed football and I wanted to be a footballer when I was young. He told me about the Foundation’s course and recommended that I do the Level 3 course and it sounded like a good idea so I jumped onto that and now I’m in my second year." Sport and education also helps as a distraction from anti-social behaviour as well as inspiring young people to become the best they can be, and Abdi has experienced this first-hand: “If I wasn’t in education or sport I’d probably be locked up. Sport has kept me away from all that bad stuff. Most of my friends are involved with drugs and stuff like that, so sport kept me away from all of that." He also coaches Tiger Bay U12s, and is finding success within the community as well as in the learning environment. Abdi also represented the Foundation when he ran the Cardiff Half Marathon on the 1st October, and it was thanks to the Foundation that he found out how to take part in the event: “I saw others run the half marathon and I thought ‘Why can’t I?’ [...] so I asked if there was a space available for me to run because I wanted to try something new and I really enjoyed it – it made me get back into running because now I run for Cardiff Athletics Club in Leckwith." Abdi has enjoyed his time with the Foundation so far, and is looking forward to seeing what the future has to offer. Should he pass all of his modules this year, he will have the option to stay with the Foundation and study the Foundation Degree at University of South Wales. “Hopefully I can go to university and study sports coaching or sport science – but I have seen the degree that USW and the Foundation offer and that also appeals to me."