James became acquainted with the RPT through helping out a friend at the RPT Christmas Fair. Currently on a gap year between school and Sandhurst where he is enrolling to qualify for an officer's commission in the Army, James signed up to volunteer with the Homework Club.

He helps children with their homework then helps run the sports hall afterwards.

From Homework Club, he then signed up to help out with Sports Club, and helps coach cricket and rugby.

"I have been doing it for six months now. I find it personally very rewarding. There is definitely a feel good factor in helping people, and I love working with the kids and the other volunteers. The greatest reward is watching the kids progress, and knowing that you helped them achieve that."

"I have also benefited enormously in other ways. I've learnt a lot about myself, I've even improved my knowledge of grammar and the times table! There is no question that doing this helped me pass selection for the Army. They are always looking for people who have had experience outside school and family, and who have tested themselves outside their usual comfort zone. They are very keen on volunteering across the board. I have met people I might never have met otherwise, and aside from as few difficult kids- and you just have to deal with that and get on with it- I have had a great time."

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