Brian first came to RPT when he was 18. He had come from a difficult background. Many of his peer group were criminals, some of them involved in serious crime.

He had heard of the RPT through friends and initially came to use the gym. He was extremely shy and did not engage. Partly this was because he came from out of the area, from Shepherds Bush. However as he worked his way through the fitness programme it was discovered that he is a natural athlete. Patient encouragement on the part of RPTs youth workers and a growing confidence allowed him to open up.

He loved the atmosphere at RPT: the ability to come into a safe and friendly environment and leave the "road" outside for a time. He quickly developed not only sporting prowess but also academic ability. His horizons were considerably expanded and he is now studying politics at university.

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