Daniel was one of 10 lucky individuals to be chosen to take part in Vi-Ability’s unique and fully funded business of sport programme, delivered in partnership with Glamorgan Cricket and Cricket Wales and hosted at the newly branded Sophia Gardens Cardiff Stadium.
Like many 20 year olds, Daniel is passionate about all types of sport. A keen Cardiff City supporter, he was immediately interested in what the Vi-Ability programme had to offer at an inspirational Sophia Gardens Stadium.
Before he’d engaged with us, he had lost his way, he wasn’t sure where to go in terms of his chosen career and his confidence had hit rock bottom. Daniel suffers with ADHD and autism and with no work prospects or things to do, he had stopped going out of the house, which sometimes made him frustrated and angry.
Daniel said, “Not being in work is horrible, I had nothing to do. Before I came on the Vi-Ability programme I wasn’t going out and I wasn’t interacting with people.”
“It’s been a cracking experience and I’ve really enjoyed it, it has really helped me communicate better. I’m really happy that I’ve found work, it’s what I’ve always wanted and I’m really looking forward to it. If you’re struggling like I was to find work, I would highly recommend the programme, it has really helped me mentally with things like confidence and interview skills. The whole course is really special, the surroundings at the stadium and learning about what surrounds a club like Glamorgan, as well as learning about things like marketing, which I’ve found a real interest for. “
Vicki, programme leader said; “Daniel added an infectious energy to the programme, he really contributed with his huge love for sport, and has a fountain of knowledge when It comes to knowing the latest sporting news. He got stuck in to the course and showed great leadership skills throughout when supporting the women’s softball cricket participants with the technical side of cricket. We wish him every success in his future career.
Daniel goes onto say “The Vi-Ability programme has been another step into my hopefully big future into work, it’s really challenged me, and once I start work, I’ve got the Vi-Ability experiences to back me up.”
Daniel gained 3 qualifications that he was able to add to his CV. He volunteered at the One Day International matches at the Sophia Gardens Stadium as well as the Vitality T20 Blasts. He planned and delivered a successful softball festival aimed at encouraging women and girls into cricket.
The future is bright for Daniel; he will be a valuable asset to Glamorgan County Cricket Club as he continues to volunteer there, alongside his full time career that he has gained at the Royal Mail. Most importantly, he has made new connections and a group of friends who shared this special Vi-Ability journey together.