Inspiring Role Model
A former sport student turned his life around when he became homeless. With the help of North Lindsey College, he is now a successful manager and bodybuilder.
With determination and ambition, former student Steven Sherlock, is now a Manager at Owston Hall Leisure and Fitness and also competes nationally as a bodybuilder. He came back to the College to speak to students to inspire them and tell them his story. He gave them fantastic employability advice whilst even offering them work experience.
Steven’s situation was very different five years ago. After leaving the Army, Steven enrolled at North Lindsey College on a personal training course before difficulties resulted in him sleeping rough in Central Park. Staff became concerned when Steven fainted during a test. Steven said: “I lied as to why I was so tired, claiming I was working a full time job alongside College. When the tutors confronted me or tried to contact me at a fake job it became apparent that I never worked there. I was sleeping in my army sleeping bag as winter was coming and it was the only thing keeping me warm and going for my next day before finding him sleeping rough in the park.
“The staff didn’t judge me, instead they turned to each other and knew what to do, they went above and beyond for me.”
Steven explained that the College staff went out of their way to support him and give him stability which allowed him to complete the course which laid the foundations for a career which has since flourished.
Steven has never looked back and his advice to the students wishing to follow in his footsteps was that first appearances are important as is punctuality and the desire to learn and improve.
Ben Johns, 20 (Personal Training student) commented: “Steven was very inspirational and his talk has helped me with his advice on how to approach customers and also employability. He spoke to me personally about my training and nutrition and has also given us all opportunities in our careers.”
Photograph: Steven Sherlock showing students, James Farrow and Ben Johns, training techniques.