Opportunity Knocks for Glasgow
This week I got the confirmation of the filming dates for the new series of School of Hard Knocks next February and March. I am excited to be filming yet another series of the critically acclaimed series. I am not only looking forward to the filming the series because of the prospect of changing more lives for the better and working with the amazing team of Scott Quinnell, Will Greenwood and Chris Chudleigh but also because of all the people behind the scenes like SOHK CEO Ken Cowen, Producer Luke Rosier and all the excellent crew.
This year’s show will be made in Glasgow, a place that means a lot to me as my mother is a native Glaswegian and I spent a lot of my youth with my cousins in and around places like Cranhill. When I see my family up there, I am always reminded why I love the great values and humour that underpin the Glasgow attitude.
School of Hard Knocks is a SKY Television Show that uses the values of rugby combined with motivational psychology to help unemployed men find a focus in life.
For five years School of Hard Knocks has used rugby to help disillusioned and unemployed young men by giving them something to focus on, teaching them key skills, improving their psychological state and helping them go about finding work. The show isn’t just about the rugby, it is really about changing people’s lives.
The last series followed a squad recruited in Tottenham, north London, as they learnt the skills of rugby and benefits of working as a team. As well as rugby and fitness training with rugby legends Will Greenwood and Scott Quinnell, I did many motivational psychology sessions.
The Glasgow team will be taken through one-off experiences with influential mentors aimed at improving fitness, social development and life skills. Where we are going in Glasgow is an area which is heavily affected by unemployment and a large element of unrest. I look forward to going back t my roots and helping in the process of creating teamwork, friendship, trust and responsibility. School of Hard Knocks is not just a corporate social responsibility programme, this series is something everybody involved passionately believes in and it is always an incredible journey for all.
If you are interested in how sport, motivational psychology and NLP can make a real difference in young people’s lives, have a look at the video put together by top film producer David Rose (films include Mrs Henderson Presents starring Judi Dench & Bob Hoskins and Son of Nosferatu starring Edmund Kingsley & Rula Lenska).
David kindly put this edit together off his own bat as he was genuinely moved by School of Hard Knocks and how so many of the previously unemployed participants had turned their lives around.
You can see the video here : http://bit.ly/VyHlLh
Congratulations to everyone involved in School of Hard Knocks. I hope this video helps to prove that it is worth putting in the effort so that people can change their lives for the better.