Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey recently led a training session for students from BADU Sports who he’s been mentoring for the last few months.
BADU Sports, who are linked to the club through their partnership with Bidstack, are an organisation who help children and young adults who have been through a difficult stage in their lives through education and community development programmes – using sports as their main vehicle for engagement.
When Tettey learned about the project he was keen to get involved and last week he met six students at The Nest, the club’s new Community Sports Foundation complex, where he, along with the help of former Norwich City player Simon Lappin, put on a coaching session and offered advice and guidance to the BADU students.
“I was told about the project and the organisation and what they do for the kids and the community around London area, and I was really interested and amazed by the job that they were doing,” said Tettey. “I thought it would be nice for me to get involved and it is lovely seeing them here today.
“It has meant a lot for both the club and BADU to see the kids overcome difficult periods or difficult times in their lives. It is always nice that you have people that care and that want to help you move on and get better.”
Josh Warburton, chief operating officer at BADU Sports, added: “He (Alex Tettey) is a fantastic person and always smiling. That is what the students said after the session, that he never stops smiling.
“I saw some of them speaking to him, on a personal note as well asking him about how they can deal with setbacks. That is one of the main things. Our kids go through a lot, especially in Hackney, and it is how they bounce back from it, and he gave them some good advice on that, and they are going to take that probably for the rest of their lives now.”
See how the afternoon unfolded here: