On 30 July the Prudential RideLondon event takes place through the streets of London and Surrey. As long-time Greenhouse Sports supporters, Prudential has invited a number of young people from our programmes to be part of their team of community riders for the iconic closed-road cycle. The community riders will follow a 46 mile route which was created in 2016 specifically for younger or newer cyclists.
Meet community rider Terrell, Assistant Volleyball Coach at the Greenhouse Sports programme at Ernest Bevin College. Terrell began playing volleyball when he first started at Ernest Bevin College as a shy and socially anxious 11 year old and Greenhouse Sports participant. Ten years later, he is Assistant Coach at the same school, and is passionate about being a positive role model in the lives of his participants.
Despite being an athlete and a coach, Terrell is feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement for the Ride. He is looking forward to training with some of his fellow community riders and hopes the Legacy Riders from last year can help him out with some tips gained from their experience last year.
“It will be great for the people who did the ride last year to impart some of their wisdom – I’m looking forward to that.”
Ernest Bevin: the journey from student to coach
“At trials, where standing out is key, I was all too happy to blend in.”
When Terrell joined the volleyball programme in his school aged 11, the only thing holding him back was his confidence. He had the skill and the passion for his sport, but struggled with social interactions and became shy when placed in groups with people he did not know.
“At age 15, Greenhouse Sports brought a volleyball coach to my school called Darius, who brought a whole different approach to volleyball at my school.”
Under Darius’s coaching, Terrell’s sporting growth was exceptional. This is because Greenhouse Sports programmes and coaching focuses not only on sporting achievement, but also on managing issues such as self-confidence or anger management.
“We all loved the sport deeply, but what we also loved and what was important to us was the sense of belonging and finding our place.”
This culture of belonging created by programmes is key to developing participants not only as sportspeople, but as young people. Now, as Assistant Coach aged 21, Terrell is able to use his experience as a Greenhouse Sports participant to relate to the young people he works with.
“I like to think that because I was once in their position, my chosen path is an achievable target for them if they want, and I can be a positive role model in their life.