Thriston’s determination and commitment at sessions, over a period of almost 10 years, has helped him to develop his own identity and leadership skills, whilst becoming a popular role model within his local community.
Thriston committed to becoming a Foundation volunteer in 2013 by giving up his time every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to help coach and develop young people at the Old Trafford and Stretford Street Reds sessions.
“From being a participant to being a coach, all the opportunities along the way have played a big part in who I’ve turned out to be,” Thriston says. “I don’t think I would be here if it wasn’t for the mentoring. There are participants now who are going into the next volunteering programme and they come to me because I’ve been through that whole process. They’ve seen the path I took and they know that they also want to do that.”
Earlier this year, Thriston was formally recognised for his dedication to volunteering when he was presented with the Torch Trophy Trust award by Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton.
Thriston’s passion for Manchester United and his positive influence on local young people has led to him successfully securing a part time coaching role at Manchester United Foundation. He has recently joined the team at the Moss Side Street Reds session and is looking forward to a bright future as he looks to complete a sports psychology degree.
“United is a big organisation; there are plenty of places you can get by having the support of the club,” says Thriston. “The possibilities are endless.”