When Wayne started working with Saints Foundation three years ago, he was low on confidence and finding his path in the world.
He has Asperger’s Syndrome and learning difficulties, which means he can struggle with social situations. Prospects of gaining employment and developing relationships can, therefore, be very difficult.
However, thanks to help from Saints Foundation’s Saints Ability project, which works to give everyone the ability to play football in the city of Southampton, Wayne has transformed his life in many areas and has found a place within a football team. He has even been able to go into job interviews full of confidence.
“Without Saints Foundation, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” he said.
To celebrate his success with the club, Wayne was given a festive surprise by his favourite Saints player, Alex McCarthy. The club's number one joined him in the stands for a chat about goalkeeping, one of Wayne’s passions, before a trip to the Saints Ability Christmas party.
Talking about the day, Wayne said: “I was so shocked and excited to see Alex. He is one of my favourite players and I am goalkeeper like him. I had a great day.”
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