Former Peterborough United and Manchester United goalkeeper Luke Steele is celebrating a successful first anniversary as a city businessman.
Steele, along with friend and business partner Luke Kennedy, a top local non-league footballer himself, set up Youth Dreams Project in February 2014. Their dream was to help sports-mad local youngsters achieve their ambitions and aspirations.
Youth Dreams Project is a sports company that delivers PE lessons in primary schools and after-school clubs in primary schools.
They already host a weekly goalkeeper session with current Southend goalkeeper coach Terry Mason as well as a weekly project alongside Cambs Police in the Millfield area and a weekly football session for 2-5 year-olds.
Youth Dream Project also deliver targeted work in city secondary schools.
Steele, a former pupil at Arthur Mellows Village College in Glinton, said: “Something that started off as a tiny project has quickly escalated into something very special to me.
“I think it will continue to grow for years to come.”
Already the company has regular slots in six primary schools in the area. Kennedy quit the police service to help create the company. He said: “We have come a long way in a year with just an idea and a vision.
“To have six regular sessions in six schools as well as several weekly projects running already is very pleasing.
“I am delivering the majority of the coaching along with three other members of our team.
“Although Luke is playing every week in Greece with Panathinaikos, he is on the phone to me most days getting updates on the progress, etc.”
Steele was sold by Posh to Manchester United for £500,000 after just two first-team appearances.
He also played for West Brom, Barnsley and Coventry before moving to Greece last summer.
For further information on the company visit http://www.youthdreamsproject.co.uk.