Cheyenne struggled to settle in to mainstream education and suffered with social anxiety. After attending three different high schools and being homeschooled for a period, her Mum decided that maybe school wasn't the path for her. 

After speaking to Careers Wales, Cheyenne enrolled onto our Strikers Traineeship Programme - a 24-week course designed to engage with disadvantaged young people, gain vocational experiences and relevant qualifications - during this time Chey learnt about the range of educational courses we offer.

"I didn't want to go on the course initially as I was four stone heavier at the time and not into sport. I had a tour of the stadium and the Foundation staff convinced me that the course offered more educational opportunities, and the sport shouldn't put me off what I want to achieve academically."

Cheyenne has been studying with the Foundation ever since. She is currently in her second and final year of the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and was named Head Girl in 2017. As part of her development, Chey represented the Foundation at a number of our events. 

“Speaking in front of people used to be really hard for me, but I’ve been to Foundation days, the Cardiff Lifestyle Awards and a charity ball in aid of the Foundation. I’ve spoken at all of these events so that’s helped me with my anxiety, I feel more confident."

Chey has applied to three different universities and plans to study Criminology and Criminal Justice. Following her experiences studying with the Foundation and the influence of the Foundation's tutors, Chey would like to one day guide other young people through the Strikers Traineeship. 

“Once I leave, I’d eventually want to come back here and teach, I’d enjoy teaching the Traineeship side of things because I was on the engagement course so I’ve come all the way since then. I’d use my experiences to help people who are in the same situation.

"My advice to others suffering from social anxiety in mainstream education would be to take a chance on life and try to be more confident within yourself. School isn't for everyone, there are courses out there that are much more than just a qualification, and that's what I found with the Cardiff City FC Foundation."