“Volunteering and supporting young people is extremely rewarding,” says Aidan Jackson, an Analyst with world-leading financial group MUFG in London. “It was only a couple of years ago that I was applying for jobs and I’m more than happy to share my experiences with the young people.”
“I think it is fantastic that these charities have adapted as best as they can to continue to provide support online in what has been extremely testing circumstances, particularly for young people,” says Aidan.“Without the structure of school or college during large stages of this pandemic, I can imagine it is very easy for young people to become disillusioned and this just highlights further the vital role that sport and these organisations can play in improving people’s lives.”
“What is fantastic from what I have seen, is many of the young leaders have come through and benefited from the programmes themselves and are now giving back which highlights the strength of the work.“As a keen sportsman myself I understand the important role that sport can play in people’s lives. It teaches vital skills that are needed for any career such as communication, discipline and being a team player.”
“I’d love to get involved in further initiatives in the future and build on the work that I have already done. I’m more than aware how fortunate and privileged I am to find myself in the position I am in now and so giving a little back to young people trying to make their first steps is really the least I can do.”
Adam Fraser, Chief Executive of Laureus Sport for Good Global, thanked Aidan and every volunteer from MUFG for their efforts: “The programmes we support at Laureus Sport for Good all use sport as a tool to help young people be the best they can be in the classroom, community or workplace. Aidan and the other volunteers from MUFG are truly helping change the lives of the young people at both Street League and Fight for Peace, and we are so thankful for their support.”Zinab Aldaraji, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at MUFG, said: “Working together with Laureus Sport for Good to make a difference to young people’s lives is even more important in these times.