Canning Town man is turning his life around with football
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Nathan Auguste is turning his life around with a project
He is turning it all round with a football at his feet, as the 32-year-old recently jetted off to Amsterdam to play in the Homeless World Cup.
Nathan, from Canning Town, said it was a “privilege” when he was selected to Captain his country after completing the Homeless FA’s Training programme at Arsenal.
“The opportunity to train at my favourite club, the best way to describe it as is a dream.
“In addition to rekindling into a career path that I started with, I enjoy working with people from similar experiences and watching them grow and develop.”
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Nathan began a career in football with West Ham United at a young age, but then experienced homelessness after difficulties with his family and relationship led him to struggle with drug use.
“This experience has brought me out of my digressional state of mine.
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“I think these projects are a great way of introducing homeless people back into society with meaningful purpose.”
The England squad were joined by the Homeless FA Patron and Women’s World Cup hero Fara Williams and FA Cup winning manager Harry Redknapp during their trip.
“Captaining England was a privilege, one of the best feelings I’ve had, it’s hard to say what the best moment of the week has been because there’s been so much, the opening ceremony was amazing but it was brilliant to see Harry and Fara.
“I was a schoolboy at West Ham when Harry was manager there, and Fara is an England International so they were two great English role models to have around.”